The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has announced that Michael W McCormick will step down from his role as executive director and COO “to pursue new opportunities”.

McCormick assumed the dual role in August of 2009 and has led the GBTA through a period of development, expansion and growth, helping to build the association’s presence internationally. He will remain as an advisor to Scott Solombrino, who has been appointed as his replacement for executive director and COO, as the organisation prepares for its 51st annual convention in Chicago this August.

Under McCormick’s leadership, the GBTA has tripled its membership and doubled its operating revenues, moving the group past its former days as the National Business Travel Association.

Christle Johnson, GBTA president, said: “The Global Business Travel Association sincerely thanks Mike for his leadership and for his meaningful contributions for the advancement of our organisation.”

Solombrino spent 43 years at Dav El/Boston Coach Chauffeured Transportation Network, where he was president and CEO. During his tenure, the company grew to become one of the US’s largest privately-held chauffeured transportation businesses. Solombrino was the co-founder and four-term past president of the National Limousine Association and has promoted the advancement of the ground transportation industry internationally, both through his work as president of the Allied Leadership Council for GBTA and as a member of its board of directors, positions he has held for more than 20 years.

Johnson added: “When selecting the most qualified individual to serve as executive director and COO, the board of directors could not have chosen anyone more experienced, knowledgeable and respected than Scott. We gratefully appreciate his willingness to take on this pivotal role and the board is absolutely confident that Scott will lead GBTA into the future with great accomplishment, distinction and success.”

Solombrino’s former role as president of the GBTA Allied Leadership Council will be assumed by Dorothy Dowling, who previously served as the council’s vice president.

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