BCD Travel recognizes Mari Afonso for outstanding contributions with 2020 BCD Women of Distinction Award

UTRECHT, The Netherlands – March 5, 2020 – Leading travel management company BCD Travel has named Operations Manager Mari Afonso as its 2020 Women of Distinction Award winner. BCD introduced the award last year to honor women who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership both within BCD and within their larger communities.

Mari Afonso holds the position of Operations Manager at BCD Travel Brazil, where she manages more than 40 employees across the Business Travel Center and Emergency Services team. She has more than 30 years’ experience in the travel industry and her dedicated commitment to people development makes her a standout.

“Mari sees valuable potential in people who don’t always see it in themselves, and she then finds ways to help them get the most out of their competencies. She is very passionate about people development and puts her studies in psychology and human behavior to use not only at work but also in her free time,” said Christian Dahl, BCD Senior Vice President, People & Culture. “She continually gives back to her community, including providing life counseling to mothers through Sonhando em Familia and assisting women who have experienced abuse at home.”

Women at all levels of BCD are eligible for the Women of Distinction Award, with two nominees selected from each operating region and BCD Meeting & Events by HR working with the Senior Executive Teams. Afonso was therefore chosen as the winner from a large field of extraordinary nominees by a committee consisting of John Snyder, Dahl, Kelly Flynn, Vice President of Strategic Communications, and the previous year’s winner, Kathy Jackson, Vice President and Executive Chair, Sustainability.

“Gender equity and equality are a part of BCD’s company culture, and by putting a focus on great female role models of achievement and innovation we aim to inspire other women across our company to live out their career ambitions within BCD,” said BCD President and CEO John Snyder.

BCD employs almost 13,800 people in 109 countries, and women make up nearly 70% of the company’s workforce globally. About 50% of employees at the Director’s level and above are women.

The global travel management company has received multiple awards and recognition for workplace best practices, including:

About BCD Travel

BCD Travel helps companies travel smart and achieve more. We drive program adoption, cost savings and talent retention through digital experiences that simplify business travel. Our 15,000+ dedicated team members service clients in 170+ countries as we shape a sustainable future for business travel. BCD’s leading meetings and events management and global consultancy services complete our comprehensive suite of solutions for all aspects of corporate travel. In 2023, BCD achieved US$20.3 billion in sales. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.