Flight Centre Travel Group’s Global Procurement Network (GPN) has appointed Yon Abad to the role of vice president of corporate suppliers relationships and distribution platforms.
Based in the US, Abad brings more than 15 years’ experience in global corporate travel, as well as hospitality contracting, distribution and technology. He joins from CWT, where he spent the past decade in senior hotel and consulting roles for North America, Latin America and Europe, most recently as VP of the global hotel supply division.
As part of his new role within GPN, Abad will source and manage a portfolio if FCTG’s corporate global land supplier relationships. He has also been tasked with driving the growth and development of corporate content within FCTG’s new hotel distribution platform for the group’s corporate brands including FCM Travel Solutions, Corporate Traveller, Stage & Screen Travel Services, cievents and Flight Centre Business Travel.
Jason Hartley, GPN general manager, said: “This appointment will further drive the strategic development and direction of our land supplier division, by maintaining and growing the company’s already strong relationships with hotel and ground transport suppliers. To have someone with Yon’s industry experience, which includes leading multinational teams across continents, his contacts and proven ability to drive impressive business outcomes is a coup for our brands and our customers.”
Abad commented: “I am thrilled to join a company as diverse and fast-paced as FCTG. It is uniquely positioned in the market thanks to its product and supplier diversity. Hotel distribution is a rapidly growing and a very competitive area of the corporate travel industry; TMCs need to have not only strong relationships with suppliers, product choice, smart technology, but also a strategic vision for how to make the supply of travel content easier, better and faster for the end user.”