American Express Global Business Travel (“GBT”) today announced the promotion of Marco Pellizzer to the newly created role of Vice President, Mainland China andHong Kong, and the appointment of Daniel Hui-Feng Yang as General Manager of CITS American Express Global Business Travel.
This will see Mr. Pellizzer expand his remit beyond his current responsibility for leading CITS American Express Business Travel, the joint venture in China between American Express Global Business Travel and China International Travel Service (CITS), to also assume responsibility for American Express Global Business Travel inHong Kong. Based in Hong Kong, Mr. Pellizzer will oversee all American Express Global Business Travel activities in Greater China (China Mainland and Hong Kong) including the management of client activities, sales and business development, local product development and marketing.
“As more multinational companies establish a presence in China, and local Chinese companies seek to expand internationally, the demand for business travel in China is rapidly rising. Marco’s efforts in advancing the corporate travel industry in China over the past few years have been recognized by the Government, our clients and the industry at large. I’m delighted to have someone with his experience and dedication at the helm of our business in China and Hong Kong,” said David Reimer, Managing Director, American Express Global Business Travel, Asia Pacific.
Mr. Yang has recently been appointed as Mr. Pellizzer’s successor in the role of General Manager of CITS American Express Global Business Travel. In this role, Mr. Yang is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization in China, and overseeing the execution of this strategy. He will also become a member of the CITS American Express Global Business Travel Board of Directors. Mr. Yang will be based in Shanghai.
With over twenty year’s experience, Mr. Yang has held a number of senior roles in the travel industry in China. Mr. Yang began his career at FASCO where he was in charge of the ground handling department. He then went on to hold the position of General Manager for Virgin Atlantic Airways in China where he was responsible for all aspects of the airline’s operations in China, including sales, marketing, airport operations, human resources, finance and reservations. Mr. Yang then joined GTA in 2009 to be the General Manager of China and Hong Kong, after the integration of Kuoni and GTA. In 2012 he was appointed to the position of Head of FIT (Fully Independent Travel) Sales North Asia.
“Daniel’s in-depth understanding of corporate and leisure travel operations, his knowledge of the local Chinese market, and his extensive commercial and managerial experience will add immense value to CITS American Express Global Business Travel, and make him the ideal candidate to lead our organization in our next phase of development and expansion,” said Mr. Reimer.