Amex Names Qualantone Head of Global Supplier Relations

American Express Business Travel announced that 21-year Amex veteran Michael Qualantone, vice president, Client Services Group, has been named vice president and general manager, Global Supplier Relations. In his new role, Qualantone will manage and direct all strategic relationships with global supplier partners, including airlines, hotel and car companies, tour operators and cruise lines, as well as maintaining strategic relationships with all technology providers including global distribution systems and booking tools. Qualantone replaces Andrew Winterton, who has taken another position outside of the company.

“The head of Global Supplier Relations plays a critical role within American Express, acting as a linchpin between the company and its partners, suppliers and global networks,” said Charles Petruccelli, president, American Express Global Travel Services. “Mike is a strong leader with a proven track record for success, particularly in driving global distribution system initiatives—key to this position. Mike brings a decisive, efficient approach that moves strategies into action, and he will be an important addition to the Executive Team.”

“I look forward to this new phase in my American Express career, as the business travel industry is once again at a critical crossroad where supplier business models are being challenged and new strategies are needed to remain relevant,” said Qualantone. “This exciting opportunity comes at a time when I can apply my knowledge and experience to spearhead strategies and innovations that will not only shape the distribution and supplier models, but will also ensure American Express maintains its position as the industry leader.”

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