CWT has appointed Michelle McKinney Frymire as
Chief Finance & Strategy Officer, and Patrick Andersen as Chief
Commercial Officer and President of RoomIt, effective 1 May 2020.
David Falter, formerly President of RoomIt by CWT,
will leave the company on the same day.
Kurt Ekert, CWT’s
President & CEO said, “By combining the Commercial and RoomIt
teams we have created a more practical approach to managing these
two complementary functions, and in the new operating environment
it is logical to bring together strategy and finance. Michelle and
Patrick’s proven track records give me great confidence in their
ability to lead these teams and enhance their remits. I thank Dave
for the great work he has done in growing RoomIt to its market
leadership position, and we all wish him well in his future
Michelle Frymire was appointed to the Executive
Leadership Team (ELT) in
January 2019 upon joining the company and was formerly the
company’s Chief Financial Officer. She has 18 years’ travel
industry experience, with CFO roles at Starwood Vacation Ownership
and Delta Technology (a division of Delta Air Lines), and financial
leadership roles with Continental Air Lines and Delta Air Lines.
In addition, she held CFO positions at several private equity
portfolio companies before joining CWT.
Michelle has served as a
member of the Texas Women’s Foundation Economic Leadership Council
and is currently on the Board of Directors for Family Gateway in
She holds a bachelor’s degree, in economics, from
Austin College, Texas and an MBA, in finance and accounting, from
the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas.
Patrick Andersen was appointed to the ELT in
October 2013 and was formerly the company’s Chief Strategy and
He joined CWT in 2008 and has over 30 years’
experience in global travel and logistics, with various
international leadership roles at Deutsche Post Worldwide and DHL.
Patrick also serves as a Non-Executive Member of the Board at
Global Minnesota, and MNSNAP, is on the Board of Overseers for the
Carlson School of Management, and was previously a Non-Executive
Member of the Board of Qliro Group. He studied management at the
London Business School.
From 1 May 2020, the Executive Leadership
Team will comprise of Catherine Maguire Vielle, Chief Human
Resources Officer, Chris Vukelich, Strategic Advisor, John Pelant,
Chief Technology Officer, Kelly Kuhn, Chief Customer Officer,
Lauren Aste, General Counsel, Michelle McKinney Frymire, Chief
Finance and Strategy Officer, Niklas Andréen, Chief Traveler
Experience Officer and Patrick Andersen, Chief Commercial Officer
and President of RoomIt by CWT.