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Taking ‘Short-Term’ CEO Role At Spotnana, Singh Expects More Focus (Audio)

Spotnana’s founding CEO, Sarosh Waghmar, announced Monday that he would step into the chief product officer role and share the chairmanship with executive chair Steve Singh, whom the company named CEO.  It’s a “short-term” assignment, Singh said Tuesday during a live interview on LinkedIn in which he also discussed his “perfect trip” vision, AI and…

Travel Management Companies Rethink Spotnana Following Direct Travel Buy

Direct Travel’s acquisition by investors led by Steve Singh is a bold move that comes with risks. Spotnana, in particular, already faced sticking points on the economics of collaboration with travel management companies. One of the largest TMCs familiar with those issues has called the Direct Travel buy a game changer. “They have moved, from…

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In April, 85 percent of more than 600 buyer and supplier respondents told GBTA they “like” or “love” working in the business travel industry. “Once you’re in it, no matter how hard you try, you don’t leave,” said GBTA VP of education and engagement Jill Koronkiewicz. “You keep coming back. It’s inclusive and welcoming; there…

Travel Management Company Consolidation Looms

In a Jan. 29 Business Travel News column, SAP Concur Travel president Charlie Sultan  predicted that distribution changes would “disrupt” travel management company revenue streams and combine with tech investment pressures to prompt “further TMC consolidation.” He didn’t cover Concur’s role. Parent SAP considered buying CWT but decided against it last week, according to sources…

Notebook: Searching For Better Travel Data, International SOS Endorses Spotnana

As part of its mission to support client employees’ safety, security and well-being, risk management firm International SOS processes 20 million passenger name records a week. Between 1.5 percent and 2 percent have errors, according to the firm’s global travel industry relations VP, Wendy Stachowiak. That’s a lot. But with some new mutual clients using…

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Reaction: Responding to Scott Gillespie’s Op Ed on how today’s corporate travel market demands “long-sighted travel policies” prioritizing value and sustainability over traditional cost-cutting, readers generally agreed with the need for change. Microsoft’s Eric Bailey echoed the goal of reducing emissions and minimizing low-value trips but suggested different methods. He recommended carbon taxes and budget…

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