Director, Procurement & Travel
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Why do you want to serve on the ACTE Board of Directors?
When I was new to travel, I learned a great deal from fellow ACTE members sharing their knowledge. More recently, I realized that I could give back to the travel industry in this capacity; i.e. participated in several panel sessions, presented at ACTE events and other congresses. I was also part of several advisory boards for global ACTE events in Europe and in the U.S. I am extremely honored that I have received recognition from industry peers, suppliers, and buyers for the content and vision I have been sharing.
A positive next step would be to be more closely involved with ACTE, to support ACTE’s vision and be part of this journey and to leave my footprint on the industry on a more elevated strategic level.
This EU board role would be a great development opportunity for me on an individual level. I would work toward ACTE having a stronger presence in all European countries, but also in Germany especially. I am happy to have complete support from my company and line manager to act in this role.
I believe my presence on the ACTE board would help provide a good generational mix as well as greater regional representation.
What skills and experience would you bring to the Board of Directors that would benefit ACTE?
My passion for the travel industry and the energy I have to push items forward. Strong desire to bring the corporate travel industry to the next level, demonstrated through my volunteer work and on several publications. My background (I graduated with a Master as an economist) means that I might be one of the few members who has made a career in travel management with no “agent” background. My strong analytical, process-driven, financial mindset is what the travel industry and travel programs of the future need.
I have a natural interest in looking constantly at the market, to see what’s new or where there are upcoming start-ups or products.
Innovative supplier relationships are one of the core elements of my travel program. I am on several supplier advisory boards. One example of this supplier innovation is that one of my projects was recognized by BTN in 2017, where PAREXEL won the award for Best Practitioner 2017. Before moving into travel, I was responsible for the real estate (facility management) for Eastern Europe & Scandinavia. This experience that I have in the industry and in local culture from those years could help ACTE to create an even stronger footprint within those regions.