November 28, 2012 // Franchising.com // Amsterdan - Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) announces that Kevin O’Connor was appointed executive vice president and chief information officer (CIO) on November 1, 2012. O’Connor is a member of the CWT executive team and reports to Douglas Anderson, CWT president and chief executive officer.
As companies are adapting to the new ways travelers use technology within business travel, information technology (IT) is becoming even more critical to driving the innovation cycle. With this in mind, CWT has consolidated its IT and product delivery teams under a dedicated leader to help companies further improve the value of their managed travel programs through innovative products and services.
“Meeting and anticipating the needs of our customers is our key priority. Kevin’s appointment is about making sure that we continue to provide exceptional value and service to travelers and companies,” commented Anderson.
O’Connor is a recognized global IT and technology leader. Joining CWT from NYSE Technologies where he was CIO, he has over 20 years’ experience in driving innovation and sustained business growth, mostly within global financial organizations. His experience includes Global Head of Equities IT for UBS, Global Head of Applied Technology for Deutsche Bank, and Managing Director of Morgan Stanley. He has managed strategic areas of technology, from application development and technology infrastructures to IT security and architecture. He has extensive experience in delivering and supporting mission-critical systems with high volume, high availability and high security criteria.
O’Connor has a PhD in Computing from Imperial College London and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society.
CWT is a global leader specialized in managing business travel and meetings and events. CWT serves companies, government institutions and non-governmental organizations of all sizes in more than 150 countries and territories. By leveraging both the expertise of its people and leading-edge technology, CWT helps clients derive the greatest value from their travel program in terms of savings, service, security and sustainability. The company is also committed to providing best-in-class service and assistance to travelers. CWT services and solutions comprise Traveler & Transaction Services, Program Optimization, Safety & Security, Meetings & Events and Energy Services. In 2011, sales volume for wholly owned operations and joint ventures totaled US$28.0 billion. As part of its commitment to responsible business, CWT is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact Ten Principles. For more information about CWT, please visit our global website at www.carlsonwagonlit.com. Follow us on Twitter @CarlsonWagonlit.
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