KDS has named Roxana Bressy as its new CEO. She formally assumes the role on 15 December. Her appointment is one of two executive changes that will drive the KDS business forward while strengthening its access to the resource and scale of American Express Global Business Travel (GBT).
For the past five years, Roxana has been instrumental in her role as chief financial officer and executive vice president of business operations, leading all aspects of operations including strategy, staff development, financial performance and organisational expansion.
Roxana replaces Dean Forbes, who after supporting a successful integration has decided to pursue other interests. Additionally, Oliver Quayle has been named vice president of product marketing & innovation for GBT and KDS, expanding his role in pushing the boundaries of traveller-centric technology.
“Roxana has been a key driver of KDS’ growth over the past several years,” said Doug Anderson, CEO, GBT. “We are confident she will continue to propel the group forward and further cultivate its unique culture and entrepreneurial spirit, which is a defining characteristic of KDS and its success.”
“We could not have brought GBT and KDS together without the vision and efforts of Dean Forbes,” said Philippe Chérèque, president of GBT. “His legacy of challenging the status quo to create game-changing technology in our industry, and the entrepreneurial DNA that he cultivated within the KDS culture is inspiring. The appointment of Roxana and Oliver will continue this vision and culture.”
GBT completed the acquisition of KDS earlier this year as part of a broader investment strategy to develop a suite of integrated digital services for business travellers, bolstering its core technology platform with KDS’ integrated travel SaaS technology. KDS will continue to operate as a separate and standalone unit.