BOSTON — Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), the world's second-largest travel management company, announced the addition of ground transportation to its repertoire of program optimization services. The announcement was made at the National Business Travel Association International Convention & Exposition.
Ground transportation, which includes rental car, black car/limo, and rail, is often an under-addressed area of corporate travel spending. It can account for as much as 10% of an organization's overall travel program costs in the U.S., and even more in areas of Europe and Asia Pacific, where rail is a significant mode of transportation. In addition, prices have steadily trended upward during the past several years, and are forecasted to increase by 2% to 3% in 2007.
Leading the ground transportation practice is transportation industry veteran Dave Kilduff, who joined CWT in April as the managing director of the new discipline. He reports to Nick Vournakis, vice president, CWT Solutions Group - Americas. Kilduff brings to his new role more than 25 years of industry experience, most recently at American Express. Prior to that, Kilduff was a consultant for the Association of Corporate Travel Executives. He also worked for The Hertz Corp. for 21 years, where he held a variety of executive management positions.
"Our new ground transportation practice is a natural complement to our existing air and hotel consulting services, giving our clients an even more comprehensive set of options for sourcing and optimizing their corporate travel programs," Vournakis said. "I'm thrilled to have Dave at the helm of this new discipline. He will be instrumental in helping our clients become more proactive and progressive with this spend."
Source: Carlson Wagonlit Travel