NEW YORK, NY, December 1, 2014 – American Express Global Business Travel (“GBT”) today announced the appointment of Elyes Mrad as Managing Director of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Mr. Mrad will run the Company’s business in the region and oversee the hundreds of professionals who serve clients headquartered in EMEA. He will also be responsible for driving a strong retention and acquisition strategy in the region through servicing, product and marketing strategies appropriate to local needs.

Bill Glenn, President and CEO of American Express Global Business Travel, said: “Elyes’s proven record with international commercial development and enhancing performance efficiencies are an ideal match for our growing business in the region. Elyes has a wealth of experience serving the needs of multi-cultural operations from some of the most respected brands in the world. His focused approach to customers and relationships are aligned with our customer-centric organization and plan for global expansion.”

Mr. Mrad joins GBT from Hertz International where he was most recently the Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Previously he held the position of Managing Director for Hertz Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia. In addition to positions within the Hertz Corporation, Mr. Mrad has held senior roles in Asia Pacific with Sita, Japan Tobacco International and in the production department of Rolex-Geneva. He holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland and a Master of Science degree in Precision Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

Mr. Mrad will be based in London and he will report directly to Mr. Glenn.

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