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Board of Directors Biographies: Officers

Kurt Knackstedt

President
Kurt Knackstedt
Category Lead, Global Sourcing - Service Travel & Expense Mgmt
Rio Tinto

Singapore
Tel: +65 6304 7487
Mobile: +65 8518 9016

Knackstedt currently leads Rio Tinto’s global Travel and Expense strategy with key suppliers focusing on improving the overall Rio Tinto travel experience. Previously he was Principal of intelligent.travel consulting and Vice President and Head of Advisory Services, Field Effectiveness, Marketing and Product Management, Asia Pacific, at American Express Business Travel in Sydney.

Prior to working for American Express, Knackstedt held roles as Senior Director, International Markets for Travelport Corporate Travel Solutions and Director of Product Management and Marketing, Asia Pacific for Travelport, splitting his time between Sydney and Hong Kong. He began his corporate travel industry career at Rosenbluth International in Philadelphia, USA, in product management, marketing and strategy roles, culminating in his appointment as Director, Global Marketing - Strategic Travel Services. Knackstedt holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Indiana University, USA.

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Greeley Koch

Chief Staff Officer
Greeley Koch
Executive Director
Association of Corporate Travel Executives

510 King Street, Suite 220
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States
Tel: 1-703-683-5322 ext. 204
Fax: 1-703-683-2720

Koch, was most recently Director, Strategy Development at Acquis Consulting Group, a boutique consulting firm, and is a veteran business executive with more than 20 years of experience in the corporate travel industry. He has held positions in all of the sectors that make up ACTE’s membership and interests, including government, corporate buyers and suppliers and consulting, which gives him the ability to bring together all the necessary viewpoints. Koch has held positions with the Office of the Governor of Illinois, Abbott Laboratories, Bank of America, TQ3Navigant, TRX, Inc. and most recently Acquis. Additionally, he has been an integral member of ACTE on a volunteer basis since 2000, including Chairman of the ACTE Global Centre for Research & Education and President of Board of Directors.

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Jeff Kurn

Treasurer
Jeff Kurn
Manager - Travel Strategy & Business Intelligence
Hewlett-Packard

1501 Page Mill Road, M/S 1242
Palo Alto, CA 94304 USA
Tel: 1-650-857-5525
Fax: 1-650-857-6705

Kurn has held a number of technology, sales and strategic travel management positions in his 30-plus years at Hewlett-Packard Company. In his current role, Kurn is instrumental in utilizing gamification, demographic analysis and increased internal and external benchmarking to maximize HP’s $1.2B Travel & Entertainment spend. He has driven HP’s travel program to its “Travel 2.0 Vision” – consolidating travel delivery in over 40 countries to two global 7×24 Travel Centers of Excellence with a common technology infrastructure.

Kurn is a 20-year collaborative industry veteran with a well-recognized reputation for innovation and driving travel industry changes. He has been recognized for his efforts to support improved automation, benchmarking and global best practices. Kurn has been a member of ACTE for approximately 15 years and is a past recipient of the ACTE Business Professionalism Award. He earned an MBA in technology and finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Board of Directors Biographies: Board Members

Todd Arthur

Asia
Todd Arthur
Vice President, Sales & Account Management – Asia Pacific
BCD Travel

 

As VP of sales and account management in BCD Travel’s Asia-Pacific region, Todd Arthur heads up strategic growth and account development across 17 markets. His more than 20 years of travel industry experience includes serving in airline sales, general management and consulting in both North America and Asia. Prior to joining BCD Travel in 2007, he directed air sourcing projects, contract management and strategic travel management for clients at Advito, the independently operated consulting subsidiary of BCD Travel. Earlier, Todd was General Manger South China for Finnair, responsible for strategic corporate contracts, revenue and yield and sales strategy for the Southern China market. He also served as sales manager for Malaysia Airlines.

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Mary Bastrentaz

United States
Mary Bastrentaz
Senior Director, Global Travel & Events
Accenture

161 N. Clark
Chicago, IL 60184
United States
Tel: 1-312-693-4007
Fax: 1-312-652-4007

For nearly 15 years, I have been involved with the ACTE organization, and have relied on their broad range of educational sessions and peer networking to grow and learn within this ever-changing travel industry. My approach has always been to share and learn from others -- no matter how large or small, mature or new the travel programs may be. I have presented at various ACTE sessions, and was part of the ACTE 2010 Chicago planning committee.

My style is one of collaboration and teamwork, and I encourage the sharing and exchange of ideas. This aligns with ACTE's goal of knowledge exchange for the advancement of the business travel industry. In representing the US Region, I would listen carefully to the members, and then help raise the bar for higher standards of education within this industry.

Innovation and leading edge practices have been part of my success over the past 20+ years. I am willing to tackle the hard stuff, and by doing so, have developed creative solutions to solve problems travel managers face every day. Therefore, as a Director, I will also focus on challenging ourselves and our suppliers for innovative solutions within our industry.

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Leigh Bochicchio

At-Large
Leigh Bochicchio
Vice President, SBL Segment Mgt & Alliance Development
Global Commercial Product, MasterCard Worldwide

2000 Purchase Street
Purchase, NY 10577-2509
United States
Tel: 1-914-249-3692
Fax: 1-914-249-4224

With over 20 years of experience in Business Travel, I’ve held a number of positions with Multinational Companies in business strategy, sales and account management, product development, Six Sigma, training and communication on both the supplier and buyer side. Over the past few years, I have been actively engaged with ACTE as a:

  • member of ACTE;
  • contributor of whitepaper content for key industry issues;
  • member of the educational steering committee for global conferences in Rome, Prague and two in Washington;
  • and a speaker at the recent global conference in Prague.

I am most passionate about education, not just the membership base but industry influencers as well.

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Roland Bunge

Middle East & Africa
Roland Bunge
Country Manager, Egypt
Carlson Wagonlit Travel

3, Isis Street, 11341
Cairo, Egypt
Tel: +20 (0)2 2417 5802
Fax: +20 (0)2 2417 5847

The business travel industry in the Middle East and Africa Region is facing unprecedented challenges in a changing global travel environment as in the rest of the world. While ACTE has been active in this region, much still needs to be done.

My personal goal in representing the Middle East and Africa Region would be to work on strategic initiatives that will enable ACTE to continuously provide added value, networking and information for our industry, our companies, and our members' abilities to accomplish their goals. I am confident that my skills and qualifications as a professional in the travel industry, combined with my responsibilities at Kanoo Travel, a well-known travel company, will foster my ability to assist ACTE in its mission of providing regional leadership for the advancement of the business travel industry.

With over 20 years of experience in the airline and travel industry, I have held positions in corporate and leisure, including distribution, sales and supplier-focused roles, in South Africa, Egypt and the Middle East. In this time, I have been:

  • Member of ACTE South Africa, and was a member of the Steering Committee to set up ACTE there
  • Member of ACTE Middle East and have been a speaker at a number of ACTE forums and conventions in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha

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Georgie Farmer

Australasia
Georgie Farmer
Global Travel Sourcing Manager
MSTravel | Microsoft Global Procurement Group
Microsoft Corporation

Level 5, 4 Freshwater Place
Southbank, Vic 3004
Australia
Tel: +613 8320 5953

Georgie is the Global Service Delivery Manager in the recently reshaped Microsoft Travel Team, designed to create and execute Microsoft’s Travel 2015 strategy. She is responsible for managing all travel services and 3rd party tools that the Microsoft travelling community utilize. The program spans 70 countries and 50,000+ travelers.

Prior to this role Georgie managed the travel program across Asia for 4 years utilizing technology and innovative business practices to lift the program to new heights. Prior to Microsoft, Georgie was with JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. as their VP of Travel, Asia Pacific for 4 years. Before joining JPMorgan, Georgie held various sales management positions with Diners Club Australia, a division of Citigroup from 1997-2004. Working on developing travel and purchasing expense management solutions for large corporate and government clients provided her with the impetus to move from being a supplier to a buyer. These experiences provide her with a balanced view of the industry and a deep understanding of corporate travel management practices and challenges in the Asia-Pacific region. Georgie started her travel industry career with Ansett Australia, an Australian airline in 1986 and worked in various operations and sales roles.

Georgie is an active leader of ACTE having held the role of Regional Chair in Asia Pacific for 4 years and having relocated to Australia was appointed as the Australasia Board Member in December 2011. She believes in the need for organizations in Asia-Pacific to work together with ACTE in order to sustain continuous improvements to legacy practices and to leverage innovation in technology.

Georgie holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship.

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Yves Galimidi

Europe
Yves Galimidi
Global Travel Purchaser
IKEA

19 Weiveldlaan
1930 Zaventem
Belgium
Tel: 32-486644185
Mobile: 32-27192333

As a corporate member of ACTE for more than 10 years I have been extensively involved in various volunteer activities, such as speaker, panelist and host at different ACTE forums and conferences, ACTE Country Champion in the Belgium/Luxemburg area, member of the ACTE CSR & Global Conference Steering Committees and I am currently serving as ACTE Regional Chair Europe.

I am also a dedicated member of different business travel advisory boards (TMC, hotels, and corporate payment solutions).

With 25 years of experience and expertise in the business travel industry mainly on the corporate side, as travel manager with the Inter IKEA Group and travel purchaser with global responsibilities with IKEA, I strongly believe that I can assist ACTE in achieving its missions and goals and I am more than ready to dedicate my time and my energy.

I have no doubts that ACTE is today "driving change through continuous improvement" being the leader in global education and defining best practices for the global business travel industry, which during the last few years has become a very complex and extremely challenging professional sector.

I will do my utmost during my tenure to actively contribute to the growth of ACTE and enlarge its membership base, both on the corporate side and on the supplier side. I am convinced that fostering the relations between both sides is and will remain a key element.

I also intend to enhance networking and benchmarking opportunities between ACTE members. Sharing our experiences, both good and bad, is certainly the best possible way for us to develop and advance together.

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Aileen London

Strategic Appointed
Aileen London
Senior Manager Global Meeting Services - JAPAC
Oracle Corporation


Originally from a Hospitality, Travel and Major Events background, Aileen is currently Senior Manager Global Meetings APAC for Oracle Corporation. As the subject matter expert in region her role is to manage the procurement for meetings and events covering 16 Asia Pacific countries. An extremely varied role ranging from sourcing of venues and travel, overseeing contracts and liability to managing key supplier relationships.

Aileen has a strong passion for the Travel Industry and believes that no matter how the Industry evolves, that relationships with key partners and suppliers are still the way to build and grow sustainable business for everyone. Her belief in Strategic Meetings Management is strong and she sees a much more collaborative focus with Senior Management of major corporations is essential and one of the future growth areas in managing spend.

Aileen’s energy and enthusiasm is high, and her involvement in the industry has increased during the last few years with her alignment with ACTE, a membership and relationship she has enjoyed immensely. Aileen was also the recipient of the ACTE Presidents Award in 2010.

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Vivianne Martins

Strategic
Vivianne Martins
President
Associação Brasileira de Gestores de Eventos e Viagens Corporativas (ABGEV)

Av Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 2369
São Paulo
Brazil
Tel: 55-1151813237

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Suzanne Neufang

ACTE Centre Chair
Suzanne Neufang
Chief Marketing Officer, Intuit ProTax Group
Intuit

Plano, Texas USA

Suzanne Neufang served as ACTE President from January 2012 until December 2013, and now continues her support in a two-year term as a board director. In January 2014 she joined Intuit, a leader in small business software solutions, as Chief Marketing Officer of Intuit's ProTax Division, based in Plano, Texas, USA. Prior to that, she gained a wealth of global travel technology experience in her 10 years at Sabre Holdings. Her roles there included President/General Manager at GetThere, and Vice President of Marketing and Products at Travelocity Corporate Solutions. She started her career in broadcasting before joining "corporate America" in a series of marketing and e-commerce roles at GTE/Verizon. She has degrees from the University of Hawaii and Minot State University.

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Annemarie Reininger

Canada
Annemarie Reininger
Managing Director
A.R Consulting

65 Joseph Street
Markham, Ontario L3P 2N4
Canada
Tel: 1-905-294-7910

A native of Montreal, Annemarie's career started 20 years ago in the hotel industry in various sales and relationship management positions in luxury hotels such as the Ritz Carlton, The Four Seasons and The Sutton Place Hotel. After 6 years in the hotel industry, she transitioned to the Travel & Expense Management field with American Express where she held a number of positions such as Sales & Relationship Manager, Director of Relationship Management and finally, Director of Business Development and Strategic Acquisitions where she lead the Canadian strategic sales and implementations of corporate travel and card programs for several global organizations.

After 15 years on the supplier side, she transitioned to the role of a Buyer with MDS Inc., headquartered in Toronto Ontario as the Manager of Global Supplier Relationships with direct responsibility over the global travel, card and Pcard programs applying her proven experience in vendor negotiations, supplier relationship management and strategic business planning.

In January 2012, Annemarie commenced her second 3-year term on the ACTE Board representing Canada. Today, Annemarie applies her well balanced expertise in T&E Management as an independent consultant focused in helping organizations accelerate their success with their T&E programs by identity and analyzing opportunities to improve their bottom line.

A passionate board member focused on continuing the momentum of delivering dynamic and robust educational programs coupled with more than ever networking events. Additionally, with the support of a strong committee of volunteers, team Canada continues to focus on creating strategies to continue to grow membership across Canada and actualizing innovation!

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Lutz Stammnitz

At-Large
Lutz Stammnitz
Partner
Conas Management

Bahnhofstrasse 98
D-82166 Grafelfing
Germany
Tel: +49 (172) 30 10 361

Prior to joining Conas Management, Lutz Stammnitz was Vice President of Corporate Procurement and Logistics at Siemens AG in Munich, where he was responsible for global travel management.

Following the establishment of Global Shared Services (GSS) on October 1, 2006, he became President of GSS Procurement, Mobility and Logistics (GSS PML), which included activities relating to the mobility of Siemens employees around the world, and in particular travel and fleet management, event/congress management, visa services, credit cards and travel expense reporting systems.

While at Siemens, Stammnitz also served as Deputy Manager of Global Indirect Material Strategic Procurement and Operations, as well as Vice President of Global Category Mobility Services within the company's Corporate Supply Chain Management (CSCM) unit..

Berlin-born Stammnitz previously held various management positions at Deutsches Reisebüro (DER), and was Vice President of Intercontinental Business at DERTOUR. Prior to joining Siemens, he also served as Maritim Hotels' board member with responsibility for sales and marketing.

A keen skier and golfer, Stammnitz has two daughters and lives in Munich.

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Eve White

At-Large
Eve White
Vice President, Global Markets & Strategic Sales
HRG North America

Eve began her travel career as a bilingual reservations agent at Northwest Airlines (NWA) where she worked for five years, continuing to achieve positions of successive responsibility with sales roles in Cleveland, Ohio and Portland, Oregon. Following her time at NWA, Eve joined USTravel (which became BTI Americas, then WorldTravel BTI and is now BCD Travel) as a Sales Manager. Eve assumed positions of successive responsibility in the sales organization including management of Pacific Northwest Sales, nationwide mid-market sales, Southern California sales and Global sales. As the company changed, Eve grew with it to the position as Vice President of Multinational Sales at BCD before moving to HRG in 2006. At HRG she is responsible for strategic global customer solutions for US headquartered companies, mostly focusing on companies headquartered the Western United States.

Eve is fluent in French and Spanish. She is past president of the Los Angeles Business Travel Association. Eve has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California Santa Cruz. She lives in Long Beach, California with her husband. She enjoys spending time with her six grandchildren in her free time.

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