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March/April 2019

BBT Hotlist 2018: nominations now open

BBT Hotlist 2018

We’re looking for your nominations of who you think should be included in BBT’s Hotlist for 2017.

The Hotlist is where we recognise the people, companies and products driving change, setting agendas and making an impact on business travel. The final list is based on the opinions of BBT readers, key industry experts and our editorial staff.

Let us know who deserves to be recognised
There’s no limit to the number of nominations you can put forward. A short explanation of why you think the person or brand should be on the list is also welcome.

The 2017 Hotlist featured 20 agenda setters, industry influencers and new names to watch, including transport secretary Chris Grayling, European transport commissioner Violeta Bulc, Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos, Kayak CEO Steve Hafner, Wanup and Surf Air, to name a few.

To put forward your nominations for next year’s list, all you need to do is leave a comment below, tweet @BBT_online or email Digital Editor Molly Dyson at You can also get in touch via our LinkedIn or Facebook pages.

The deadline for nominations is November 17 2017.

The full BBT Hotlist will be published in our January 2018 issue, which is due out the first week of January.


Eric Tyree, Chief Data Scientist, Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Dr. Eric Tyree is an expert in data analytics applied to the travel and financial industries, with over 20 years’ experience in senior product and technical roles.

He only joined CWT in late-2016 but is playing a major role in transforming the business.

Eric has led the development of a wide range of applications including new data-driven products and services in corporate travel, consumer analytics, HR analytics, pensions, insurance, portfolio management, algorithmic trading, anti-fraud/money laundering, and equity exchange compliance.

Eric is both commercially and technically focused, experienced in building and leading high-performance organisations and driving technology. He has worked with many of the largest corporate institutions in the world, as well as helping develop start-ups from the ground up.

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I would say Jim Davidson, Farelogix founder, is certainly someone to bear in mind for The Hotlist.
Airline distribution is frequently in the news and on the agenda today, and Jim’s at the leading edge in terms of disrupting & innovating, in an environment that’s seeing significant change – possibly profound change in the future.
Jim is a regular speaker at travel/aviation industry conventions and events, and his provocative, forward-looking insights and views are a talking point.
His background is deeply embedded in distribution technology, giving an authority to his perspectives.

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Charles Smith (not verified)

Whether you rate him or not, a list of travel influencers surely couldn’t complete without Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.
He’s always in the headlines and in the heart of the big debates, whether that’s HS2 & major transport infrastructure projects, mobile/paperless rail ticketing, repatriating passengers stranded by Monarch, launching new Hitachi Intercity express trains from Bristol (late and with faulty aircon…!) – and not forgetting that elusive third runway at Heathrow.
And of course the transport perspective on the Brexit deal - including those all-important open skies agreements with Europe.

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Martha George (not verified)

Under the guidance of CDO Linda Jojo, United has utilised technology to take the passenger experience to the next level. The company continues to develop its app to make it easier for passengers to manage their entire journey from booking to leaving the airport. Linda's commitment to exploring ways of using new technology and data is driving change within the industry. She's also a great voice for women in tech and travel.

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Phil is the visionary and driving force behind SITU, a disruptive and dynamic business delivering a unique, Serviced Apartment booking service for corporate and business travellers globally. Phil has built the SITU business over the past 10 years combining bespoke technology with a curated personal approach to deliver a consistent standard of property and service to clients worldwide.

Phil moves the business forward with an enthusiasm which is clearly evident to both his team and clients. Phil has been flattered to receive and quick to reject, lucrative offers and VC funding in order to maintain and grow the company on his own terms. As a result SITU are a very exciting business entering a new phase of growth and Phil who is still a few years on the good side of 40 has the drive to take them even further.

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Since becoming President & CEO of Yapta in 2012, James has overseen the company's pivot from a B2C services offering, to a B2B services offering. Under his leadership, the company has innovated two award-winning corporate airfare and hotel price tracking services that have been deployed by more than 6,500 companies in over 20 different countries. To date, these services have saved companies such as Amazon, GE and Shell Oil more than $100 million combined. In November, Deloitte named Yapta to its list of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in North America, capping another remarkable year for the company. The Hotlist seems very well-suited for James and his Yapta team!

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Jeff Pecor (not verified)

Lord Adonis is chairman of the national Infrastructure commission, and highly knowledgeable and influential in all things UK transport network.
Very vocal on Heathrow expansion – recently said delays are ‘sacrificing national welfare’, addressing the Treasury Select Committee. He said the UK is trailing behind other countries in terms of access to those all-important emerging markets, and pointed out opportunities already missed due to the many delays in building a 3rd runway. He’s also a fount of knowledge on UK rail, HS2 etc.
The National Infrastructure Commission is placed to influence a lot of change in coming years – it’s currently proposing a bold deal: local authorities agree to double house-building, and in return the Treasury earmarks £7bn for regional transport links.
Let’s hope Adonis’s energies are not sapped by Brexit – he’s a vehement Remainer.

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Sally Stone (not verified)

James Eder & the Team at Causr are helping to transform the way people and communities connect whilst they are on the road. Richard Branson recognised them saying 'Technology should enable more in-person interactions, not reduce them.' They have featured on a number of the startup stages at ACTE and ITM over the last year. It's innovations like this that help drive new ways to engage our community brining likeminded people together. See for more information.

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