International B2B travel management platform CWT has announced several new appointments to its Executive Leadership Team, including Belinda Hindmarsh as chief growth officer and Brian Mogler as chief partnership officer. They, together with Julia Kou, CWT’s chief strategy officer, will report to Patrick Andersen, CWT’s president and CEO. They also become members of the company’s Executive Leadership Team with immediate effect.
Additionally, Judy Hendrick has been appointed interim chief financial officer (CFO) from 1 July 2022, taking over from Bill Courtney, CWT’s current CFO, who has announced his intention to retire at the end of June 2022.
“Appointing a group of such highly talented individuals to our Leadership Team is a strong statement of our intent, a very public commitment to our ambitious growth agenda, and I am delighted to welcome each of them to their new roles,” said Andersen.
Hindmarsh will lead on marketing and communications. She joined CWT in 2018 to lead global sales effectiveness and was appointed SVP global market management and market development in 2020. She has over 20 years’ experience in the travel tech space, having held various international and global operations, marketing, supplier management and commercial roles with Expedia Group and Aer Lingus.
Brian Mogler was previously CWT’s head of global supplier management and solutions group, and he retains responsibility for CWT’s Air & Ground Transportation strategy, commercial relationships, revenue and supplier agreements and supplier e-commerce and merchandising strategy. He will also take on responsibility for CWT’s Global Partnership Network and certain technology partners. He has more than 30 years’ travel industry experience, and joined CWT in 2011, having held a variety of management roles at American Express Corporate Card, American Express Business Travel, and United Airlines.
Julia Kou was appointed chief strategy officer in April 2022, and is dedicated to leading corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, strategic transactions, business insights and analytics, and is responsible for enabling CWT’s company’s vision and strategic priorities. Prior to this she was head of strategy, planning and analytics for two years. She is a Board member of JTB Business Travel Solutions Inc., and China Travel Management Services Company Ltd., and joined CWT in 2016 following M&A, capital markets, and legal roles with Capgemini, Travelport, Cendant Travel Distribution Services Group Inc., and Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP.
Judy Hendrick retired as CFO and chief growth officer of Aimbridge Hospitality on 31 December 2021, following 13 years in the role, and she has 20 years of extensive experience in hospitality and banking.
Global executive search firm, Korn Ferry, has been appointed the remit to find a permanent candidate for the CFO role.