Travelport, (NYSE:TVPT), a leading travel commerce platform, has confirmed that Gavin Teale has become the Managing Director of its business in Eastern Europe. Gavin is an experienced member of the Travelport management team and has already been leading the region on an interim basis. Today’s announcement now confirms his permanent appointment and ensures that Travelport’s customers and partners across 25 countries in the Eastern European region are able to benefit from Gavin’s vast experience and leadership.
Gavin has been with Travelport since October 1994 and over the past 20 years has held a variety of roles in Global Product Management, Customer Services, Operations and Global Product Marketing. Most recently Gavin has been commercially responsible for Travelport’s relationships with its key distributor partners across Eastern Europe.
As Managing Director, Gavin will be responsible for promoting Travelport’s leadership positions in airline merchandising, hotel content distribution, B2B payments and mobile travel commerce to customers across Eastern Europe. Gavin will also pay particular attention to driving adoption of Travelport’s award-winning point-of-sale solutions, Travelport Smartpoint and Universal API, as well as other key Eastern European-specific product offerings to the travel agency community.
Gavin commented: “I’m thrilled to have been given this fantastic opportunity. Having worked with the Eastern European team for many years I know and understand our customers in the region and their specific challenges. I’m excited about the prospect of helping them meet those challenges head on and grow their businesses by taking advantage of Travelport’s industry leading suite of products.”
Rabih Saab, Travelport’s President & Managing Director for Europe, Middle East, Africa and South Asia commented: “Gavin is a respected leader in the travel industry and I’m very pleased he is taking charge of this important region for us. He brings a great deal of experience to the role and I know that our customers will continue to benefit from his breadth and depth of knowledge. I wish him all the best in this new position.”