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Travelport Appoints Ian Heywood as Head of Strategic Planning

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Travelport has appointed former BA senior manager, Ian Heywood, as head of strategic planning, global supplier services.

Reporting into Bryan Conway, Travelport’s global head of commercial operations and supplier services, Heywood has been tasked with the development and execution of the company’s global vision and strategy for its air, rail and cruise supplier customers.

Working closely with Travelport’s four regional supplier leaders - Dan Westbrook (Americas); Robin Ranken (Europe); Will Owen Hughes(Middle East and Africa) and Andrew Middleton (Asia Pacific) – Heywood’s role has been established to ensure Travelport offers a consistent, global approach to airlines worldwide to help them maximise their yields and increase revenue streams through the GDS channel.

Account management responsibility for individual airlines and supplier customers, including the renewal of full content agreements, remains with regional heads.

Heywood has a wealth of international travel experience in senior managerial roles for some of the world’s most famous airlines including British Airways, Qantas and Qatar Airways. Most recently Heywood ran a consultancy business servicing JAL and Etihad Airways.

Bryan Conway, global head of commercial operations and supplier services, said, “Ian brings with him a wealth of airline knowledge and has a solid reputation for finding consensus between conflicting views and driving change. I firmly believe he will contribute significantly to enhancing our value proposition and nurturing positive partnerships with existing and future airline, rail and cruise customers.”

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