Travel's standstill required CWT to make unprecedented changes to its service operation, to temporarily furlough employees and to cut salaries across the board including, "most severely," among the executive ranks.

"We have done no permanent job reductions," said CWT president and CEO Kurt Ekert Wednesday during a phone interview. "It is our intent that employees who are on leave will return to the company."

A longtime travel executive and former officer in the U.S. Army, Ekert called the situation "very disheartening" and "the most difficult thing I have had to do in my . . .

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