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Scott Solombrino Takes Executive Director Spot At GBTA

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Posted on April 29, 2019
Throughout his carrer, Scott Solombrino has juggled roles in the limousine/chauffeured vehicle and business travel sectors that have large overlapping client bases. (LCT file photo)

Throughout his carrer, Scott Solombrino has juggled roles in the limousine/chauffeured vehicle and business travel sectors that have large overlapping client bases. (LCT file photo)

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, said April 29 it has named former Dav El / BostonCoach CEO Scott Solombrino as executive director, just 17 days after leaving his previous post.

Solombrino succeeds Michael W. McCormick, who has chosen to step down to pursue new opportunities after 10 years with the GBTA. McCormick will remain in an advisory role to Solombrino and the Board of Directors to ensure a smooth transition as GBTA prepares for the 51st edition of its annual Convention this August in Chicago.

Since assuming the position of executive director and Chief Operating Officer in August 2009, McCormick led the association through a period of unprecedented development, expansion, and growth, effectively building and advancing the operation of GBTA and building its presence internationally. 

Under McCormick's leadership and with the support of the Global Board of Directors, the GBTA has tripled its membership and doubled its operating revenues over the past decade. The GBTA has truly established itself as a global association during this time, fully putting the "G" in GBTA and moving beyond its days as the National Business Travel Association.

Michael W. McCormick served as GBTA executive director from 2009-2019. (LCT file photo)

Michael W. McCormick served as GBTA executive director from 2009-2019. (LCT file photo)

"The Global Business Travel Association sincerely thanks Mike for his leadership and for his meaningful contributions for the advancement of our organization," said Christle Johnson, GBTA President.

Scott Solombrino (2nd from L) is pictured here on June 14, 2017 in Washington, D.C. with (L to R) Commonwealth Worldwide CEO and fellow NLA board director Dawson Rutter, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Tami Saccoccio, global affiliate director for Commonwealth and a legislative advocate for the National Limousine Association. Solombrino has played a dual role in representing the interests of the luxury ground transportaiton and business travel sectors in Washington, D.C.  (LCT file photo)

Scott Solombrino (2nd from L) is pictured here on June 14, 2017 in Washington, D.C. with (L to R) Commonwealth Worldwide CEO and fellow NLA board director Dawson Rutter, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Tami Saccoccio, global affiliate director for Commonwealth and a legislative advocate for the National Limousine Association. Solombrino has played a dual role in representing the interests of the luxury ground transportaiton and business travel sectors in Washington, D.C.  (LCT file photo)

The longtime President and CEO of Dav El/Boston Coach Chauffeured Transportation Network, Solombrino, recently left his position at the company after 43 years. Under Solombrino's leadership, Dav El/Boston Coach grew to become one of the country's largest privately held chauffeured transportation companies.

Solombrino was the co-founder and four-term past president of the National Limousine Association. He has been a staunch force for the advancement of the ground transportation industry internationally, both through his work as president of the Allied Leadership Council for GBTA and as a member of its Board of Directors; positions he has held for more than 20 years.

Solombrino's former role as president of GBTA Allied Leadership Council will be assumed by Dorothy Dowling, Chief Marketing Officer & SVP, Best Western Hotels & Resorts, who previously served as the Council's Vice President.

Solombrino has actively participated in numerous chauffeured transportation and business travel industry leadership forums and roundtables where he has spurred many discussions about common industry challenges. (LCT file photo)

Solombrino has actively participated in numerous chauffeured transportation and business travel industry leadership forums and roundtables where he has spurred many discussions about common industry challenges. (LCT file photo)

From LCT: Solombrino often occupied one of the lead entrance-way exhibit spots for his companies on the GBTA trade show floor, and has been a vocal national advocate for the expanded use of luxury chaffeured transportation throughout the business and corporate travel sectors. When transportation network companies such as Uber started gaining traction in those sectors in the past decade, Solombrino was pivotal in raising awareness about duty-of-care and high quality safety standards prevalent among legal, licensed luxury limousine services with a heavy coporate clientele.

About the Global Business Travel Association
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world's premier business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. GBTA's 10,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA delivers world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media to a growing global network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts. To learn how business travel drives lasting business growth, visit  gbta.org.

Source: GBTA press release

Related Topics: business travel, corporate travel, executive changes, GBTA, Global Business Travel Association, industry leaders, luxury travel, National Limousine Association, Scott Solombrino

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