The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of business travel industry, has appointed current Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Scott Solombrino as Chief Executive Officer following a unanimous vote by the GBTA Board of Directors.
Prior to taking an executive role with GBTA, Solombrino was the longtime president and CEO of Dav El/BostonCoach, a position he left in 2019 after 43 years. During his time as an operator, he had been a staunch force for the advancement of the ground transportation industry internationally, including through his work with the NLA.
“We are thrilled to equip our operating leader with the proper tools to guide the industry out of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic," said GBTA President Bhart Sarin. "Now GBTA's principle spokesperson will have an even stronger position to advocate for the return of business travel.” GBTA represents professionals in all facets of business travel, from airlines and hotels to chauffeured transportation.
According to a press release from GBTA, the association has built upon its strengths by replenishing its financial reserves, refocusing advocacy efforts in the United States and Europe, and strengthening relationships with members and sponsors under Solombrino's dedicated leadership.
“One year ago, Scott offered the GBTA Board a vision of financial security, upscaling advocacy, and a laser focus on the member; it is because of that vision that GBTA is surviving the crisis and will be there for members when we emerge to rebuild our industry," said Dorothy Dowling, president of the GBTA Allied Leadership Council.
GBTA members can anticipate the Association will be better positioned to influence public policy and deliver positive outcomes for its buyers and sponsors.
“We are very excited to have Scott as CEO of GBTA," says Chairperson of the Board Christle Johnson. "Scott has brought us energy, strategy, sensitivity, and proven leadership; having discussed at length, benchmarked against peer organizations, and vetted by legal counsel, the time was right to make the appointment.”
Visit gbta.org for more information.