The Institute of Travel Management (ITM) has announced Karen Hutchings, Travel Services, Meetings and Events Leader – EY, as Chair Elect taking over from current Chairman Mark Cuschieri on 5th May 2017.
Upon completion of his 2 year term as ITM Chairman, Mark will hand over the reins at the ITM annual conference in May. Mark remains on the board of directors as outgoing Chairman for a further 12 months.
Karen has more than 20 years’ experience in the corporate travel industry and is responsible for managing transient travel, meeting and events spend for EY globally, a programme valued at more than US$2 billion overall. Formerly ASPAC and EMEIA Regional Head at Citi and Global Head of Travel at Merrill Lynch, Karen has been recognised through numerous industry awards for her innovation and her global team leadership achievements.
Karen is a new appointment to the ITM board although she has been involved as a member and a volunteer for many years. Karen said: "2017 is going to be an exciting year for the association. Our members need us most when they are dealing with change and given the unknowns that we will be facing in the coming years, ITM will have an important role to play. As a platform for collaboration between buyers and suppliers, I will make it my priority to ensure the community maintains its strong voice and continues to provide relevant and useful resources and education for our members.”
Also joining the ITM board of Directors in January 2017 will be Claire Marsden, Senior Supply Chain Manager Travel and Fleet at Sodexo. Claire has been a volunteer on the ITM Industry Affairs Group for the last 2 years and currently sits on the ITM Northern committee. An experienced Procurement and Category Management Professional in the indirect sector; particularly Travel and Fleet Categories, Claire was winner of the ITM 2016 Buyer Achievement Award - UK Travel Manager.
ITM chairman Mark Cuschieri said: “I will step down from my Chairman position in May knowing that I have left the legacy of an extremely strong and passionate board of Directors and adding Claire and Karen to this team has brought an even greater depth of knowledge, experience and wisdom to the group. I am proud to be handing the Chair to Karen Hutchings, an extremely competent Travel buyer who I believe will continue to take the association from strength to strength.”
ITM CEO Simone Buckley said: “The secretariat team and I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new buyer board directors. I am confident they will bring fresh ideas and a new perspective to the association, which will help us shape and develop further value to our members.”