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GBTA Announces New Board Of Directors

August 29, 2011 By: George Dooley Travel Agent

Jim McMullan, global travel manager of Research Triangle Institute, will serve as the new president and CEO of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and Kevin Maguire,  travel manager for Intercollegiate Athletics for the University of Texas at Austin, will serve as the new GBTA vice president. 

McMullan and Maguire were elected by GBTA Direct members (business travel buyers), and will serve two year terms.  

Jim McMullan commented, “During the next two years, my focus will be on the members—encouraging them to get involved, from the local chapter level, to participating on committees and task forces."

McMullan has been a GBTA member for 10 years, serving most recently as vice president.  He also served as president of the Chapter Presidents’ Council and chapter president and treasurer of the St. Louis Business Travel Association. Maguire has been a GBTA member for 17 years. He has held multiple GBTA leadership roles including president and chairman of GBTA, president of the GBTA Chapter Presidents' Council, chairman of GBTA Europe and member of multiple GBTA committees. He was also president and chairman of the Austin Business Travel Association.

The GBTA Allied Members elected Doug Payne, senior vice president—Corporate Sales, ALTOUR to be the Allied Member Director at Large.  He will serve a two year term.

GBTA President appointed Scott Solombrino, president and CEO of Dav El Chauffeured Transportation Network, President of the Allied Leadership Council and Joe Carino, Jr., president and CEO, CARINO Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Vice President of the Allied Leadership Council. Solombrino and Carino will serve a two year term.

The GBTA Chapter Presidents’ Council elected Denise Truso, global travel manager, St. Jude Medical, president of the Chapter Presidents’ Council. Truso will serve a two year term.

The GBTA Board of Directors consists of fourteen members, including ten travel buyers and four suppliers.  

The GBTA Board of Directors appointed Caroline Strachan, global category  leader, Business Travel, Astra Zeneca and Floyd Widener, vice president of Sales and Global Program Management (EMEA), Carlson Wagonlit Travel.

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By George Dooley | August 29, 2011
Jim McMullan and Kevin Maguire have been elected to new posts.
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