GBTA Finalizes ACTE Acquisition, Fills Two Open Board Seats

GBTA announced it completed its acquisition of certain assets of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives, which filed for Chapter 7 in June. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court overseeing ACTE’s case approved the sale on Nov. 16.

GBTA appointed to its board two former ACTE board members: American Airlines chief customer officer Alison Taylor and Tesla global travel and events manager Steve Sitto. Taylor will serve as vice president of GBTA’s Allied Leadership Council, a post that’s been empty since United Airlines vice president of worldwide sales Jake Cefolia disappeared this summer. Sitto replaces Boeing travel manager Kathy Briski, who resigned from the board in June. Taylor’s and Sitto’s terms will run through GBTA’s July 2021 convention.

An election to fill another board seat, a supplier-side representative vacated this summer by Altour’s Doug Payne, is underway.

GBTA also said that former ACTE executive director Greeley Koch, now with DigiTravel Consulting, and current GBTA chair Christle Johnson would lead a committee “to identify the best value a combined GBTA and ACTE can deliver to its members.”


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Author: David Jonas

David Jonas in 2006 co-founded business media firm ProMedia.travel after ten years as a journalist with Business Travel News. David rejoined BTN in 2010 as executive editor when its parent company acquired ProMedia, and in 2014 co-created The Company Dime. David has a bachelor's degree in communications from Cornell University.
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