BCD Travel names industry veteran Mike Janssen president of the Americas region
Longtime Americas leader Danny Hood moves into advisory role, supporting client and industry relationships
ATLANTA, July 19, 2010 – BCD Travel, the world’s third-largest travel management company, announced today that North America President Mike Janssen has assumed leadership of the company’s Americas region.
In conjunction with the move, former Americas president and longtime BCD Travel leader Danny Hood has moved into an advisory role with the company. Hood will remain a valued executive resource, supporting select client and industry relationships, strategic partnerships and future acquisitions.
BCD Travel Global President and Chief Operating Officer John Snyder said the planned transition comes as the company gains significant momentum in executing its long-term strategy.
“Transactions in the Americas have seen double-digit percentage growth over last year, and the region’s customer retention rate is over 98 percent thanks to Mike’s and Danny’s teamwork and leadership and the hard work of our staff,” said Snyder. “In addition, we’ve expanded our business with many clients globally and had tremendous success in our sales efforts. These are impressive accomplishments, and they give us significant confidence as we head into the second half of the year.”
Janssen brings to the top Americas role an extensive background with BCD Travel, including leadership positions in finance, operations, supplier relations and account management. A 17-year industry veteran, Janssen joined BCD Travel in 1993 and has held management roles with AON Corp., Unisys Corp. and Peterson Consulting. In his time with BCD Travel, Janssen has been instrumental in shaping, strengthening and growing the Americas – a region integral to thecompany’s global success.
“Mike takes on the Americas leadership role as the region is beginning to see significant success,” said Snyder. “We attribute much of that success to Mike’s leadership and vision during one of the most difficult times in our company’s and this industry’s history. He, Danny and Latin America President Barbara Blue worked side by side to set the region up for the success it’s now seeing. As a result, Mike and his team are well positioned to build on that momentum.”
Industry leader Hood joined BCD Travel in 1992 and was instrumental in the company’s growth from regional player to global powerhouse. Following a brief retirement in 2006, in which he remained a consultant for the company, Hood returned in 2008 to lead the Americas region.
“When Danny returned to BCD Travel in 2008, none of us expected the turbulent economic conditions that followed, and I will be forever grateful for his experience, vision and presence during those difficult times,” said Snyder. “Danny has spent more than 30 years in travel, and he’s been a catalyst and leader throughout those three decades. We’re thankful we’ll still have ready access to his vision, knowledge and expertise.”
About BCD Travel
BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. We give travelers innovative tools that keep them safe and productive, and help them make good choices on the road. We partner with travel and procurement leaders to simplify the complexities of business travel, drive savings and satisfaction, and move whole companies toward their goals. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 109 countries with a global client retention rate of 98%, the highest in the industry. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.
About BCD Group
BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately-owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management and its subsidiary BCD Meetings & Events, global meetings and events agency), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking) and Airtrade (consolidation and fulfillment). For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.