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Hogg Robinson Group
FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS FOR HRG (Hogg Robinson Group)IN NORTH AMERICA WITH RESTRUCTURE, ACQUISITION AND NEW SENIOR APPOINTMENTS
London, New York and Toronto â€“ Thursday, 6th April 2006
Following the announcement on 6th March of the rebrand of its worldwide network to HRG and its subsequent launch on 3rd April, Hogg Robinson, the international corporate services company, has today revealed a restructure for its operations in North America, as well as two new senior appointments to its North American Executive Team and the acquisition of Partnership Travel Consulting in the USA.
The existing management and operational teams of HRG in Canada (formerly trading as BTI Canada) and the United States (formerly trading as Sea Gate Travel and Robustelli World Travel) will be integrated under the leadership of Tom Gleason as Chief Executive Officer of HRG North America. Gleason has also been appointed to the Executive Board of parent company Hogg Robinson plc. A highly respected and well known figure in the corporate travel industry, Gleason was, until joining the Hogg Robinson Group as COO of Sea Gate Travel in May 2006, VP Sales Eastern Division for American Airlines.
Gleason commented: â€œSince joining Hogg Robinson nearly twelve months ago, it has been a whirlwind of change. The company is extremely dynamic and the opportunities for the company and the people working within it are boundless. â€œ
He continued: â€œThe integration of the Canadian and USA management and operational teams has already commenced and everyone has shown immense support and excitement at the prospects ahead. The benefits for our North American, and indeed worldwide, clients as a result of this restructure can only be positive not least in the improved seamless service we will be providing from personnel who are absolutely committed to exceeding expectations.â€
Dan Green, CEO of Sea Gate Travel, has been elevated to the position of HRG Development Director. Greenâ€™s wider international role will focus on business expansion through mergers and acquisitions and new product development, particularly in the Sports Travel Management arena, for the Hogg Robinson Group.
Sadly, Michael Richardson, Managing Director of BTI Canada, has decided to leave the company to pursue other opportunities.
Of Richardsonâ€™s departure, Roger Westwood, Hogg Robinson plcâ€™s Overseas Investments Director, said: â€œMichael has led the Canadian operation for the last nine years. He is a very much admired leader of his people for whom they all had the greatest respect. We are very sorry to lose him and thank him for his tremendous contribution to the success of BTI Canada. We wish him every possible success with his chosen future career path.â€
Hogg Robinson has also announced today its acquisition of Partnership Travel Consulting (PTC) to supplement the wide range of corporate services already offered by HRG throughout North America. Located in Princeton, New Jersey and with regional offices in New York City, Washington, DC and Los Angeles, CA, PTC is a leader in travel consulting in the United States.
PTC was founded by Andrew W Menkes in 2001 and is focused exclusively on travel management consulting. Its areas of consulting expertise include supplier negotiations, global agency and data consolidations, business process reengineering, CTD accreditation and travel technology.
Menkes will join HRG as President North America Consulting. With 30 years of experience in the corporate travel industry, Menkes has the ideal qualities for overseeing and developing the North American consulting business.
Menkes commented: â€œWe are very happy to open a new chapter in our history by being part of HRGâ€™s worldwide presence. Throughout our 20 year working relationship with Hogg Robinson, we have long admired their exceptional global capabilities and growth in the corporate services area. Our focus on travel management consulting will continue with the extra depth and scope of expertise provided by HRGâ€™s entire complement of technology and corporate services.â€
Further developments in North America include the appointment of Thomas E Lacny as Senior Vice President of Global Sales. A qualified corporate attorney with over twenty five years diversified experience and leadership positions in the business travel industry (most recently with WorldTravel BTI), Lacny, who will be based in Chicago, will have direct responsibility for developing strategic and growth opportunities in North America where his breadth of experience will add a further dimension to the new North American executive team.
Les Middleditch, Hogg Robinsonâ€™s Global Sales Director, said of Lacnyâ€™s appointment: â€œWe have known and worked with Tom for many years and have direct experience of his undisputable capabilities and talent. It is a real pleasure, therefore, to be able to welcome him to Hogg Robinson where I expect him to become a further catalyst for growth and development in the North American market.â€
Lacny commented: â€œI have always respected Hogg Robinsonâ€™s vision, responsiveness to clients, ability to embrace change and their loyalty to all of their constituencies. I feel invigorated to be joining the company at such an exciting time and look forward to working as part of the senior team that will further build on Hogg Robinsonâ€™s corporate services positioning and value philosophy.â€
David Radcliffe, CEO of Hogg Robinson plc, said: â€œWe welcome Andy Menkes and his team of travel management consultants as one of the cornerstones in HRGâ€™s expanding range of value added corporate services. We are very excited to be teaming up with such a respected leader in the travel management consulting business.â€
He added: â€œThis acquisition of Partnership Travel Consulting and the appointments of Andy and Tom Lacny add depth to our already powerful presence in North America. I have no doubt that under Tom Gleasonâ€™s leadership as CEO, HRG North America will go from strength to strength. We have an excellent management team of strong, client focused players who know and understand the dynamics of the corporate travel industry from many years in the business.â€
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