Flight Centre Travel Group’s (FCTG) global procurement network has appointed Yon Abad to the role of vice president, corporate supplier relationships and distribution platforms. Based in the US, the highly respected hotel executive brings to the position more than 15-years’ experience in global corporate travel, as well as hospitality contracting, distribution and technology.
Abad joins the organisation from CWT where he has spent the past decade in senior hotel and consulting roles for North America, Latin America and Europe. His most recent position was vice president of the global hotel supply division.
As part of his new role within the global procurement network, Abad will source and manage a portfolio of the organisation’s corporate global land supplier relationships. He is also tasked with driving the growth and development of corporate content within FCTG’s new hotel distribution platform.
Jason Hartley, general manager of global procurement network at Flight Centre Travel Group 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.”
On his new stint, Abad commented: “Hotel distribution is a rapidly growing and a very competitive area of the corporate travel industry; travel management companies 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.”