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Andrew Clarke, BTA interim strategic director

The BTA appoints Andrew Clarke as interim strategic director

The Business Travel Association (BTA) has announced the appointment of Andrew Clarke as interim strategic director.

Clarke will assist in steering the strategic direction of the association for 2022 and beyond, while overseeing the evolution and future vision of partnership engagement.

Clarke will also plan and execute the BTA’s move to a virtual organisation by managing content programmes for members and partners and helping to deliver a BTA conference in September 2021.

Clarke was most recently the senior director of customer success at Expedia Group’s Egencia, helping businesses optimise travel programmes to control risk, support traveller wellbeing and maximize return on investment. He covered a number of roles for over 14 years and was part of Egencia’s UK leadership team. 

Prior to his role at Egencia, Clarke, who has over 30 years’ experience in the travel industry, held a range of director and managerial roles at CWT and Millennium and Copthorne Hotels. He is also an NHS volunteer, mental health first aider, and held an officer position on BTA’s executive board.

Clive Wratten, CEO of the BTA said: "I am so pleased to welcome Andrew to our growing team, and I am thrilled we have been able to secure someone with so much knowledge and passion for our industry. 

“The BTA and our beloved sector will benefit hugely from his breadth of experience, drive and can-do attitude. Andrew’s hire reaffirms the BTA’s ongoing commitment to business travel, and our promise to step up our fight to re-energise our industry.”

Clarke said: “I am very excited to be joining the BTA team as their new Interim Strategic Director. Having seen first-hand the fantastic output the BTA has achieved over the last few years, it is a great privilege to be working alongside Clive and his dedicated team.

“I am really looking forward to supporting the BTA’s visibility across the sector as our member and partnership base continues to grow and thrive.”