The Global Business Travel Association has completed its acquisition of certain assets of the former Association of Corporate Travel Executives, which shuttered in April.
Bhart Sarin, President of GBTA said: “We are beyond thrilled to bring GBTA and ACTE together, creating one home for the thousands of business travel professionals who will collectively bring back business travel bigger and better than ever.”
Dave Hilfman, Interim Executive Director of GBTA said: “The addition of an amazing brand like ACTE will give GBTA members the absolute best opportunities for education, networking, research and advocacy. We look forward to combining the best attributes of both associations with our Ready. Safe. Travel campaign as we continue to advocate for business travel’s path to recovery.”
Two former ACTE board members will join the GBTA global board of directors effective immediately. Alison Taylor, chief customer officer of American Airlines, will serve the remainder of the vacant vice presidency. Steve Sitto, senior manager of Global Travel and Events for Tesla will serve the remainder of the vacant direct member-at-large term. Both terms will be completed at the time of the GBTA convention in July 2021.
GBTA has also created a new committee to re-activate and integrate the ACTE brand within the larger scope of the organization. Former ACTE executive director and current Digitravel Consulting SVP Greeley Koch and current GBTA chairperson Christle Johnson will co-chair the committee, which will work with GBTA staff and volunteers to determine how an integrated organization can best serve members.