London, UK – Tuesday, October 10 – American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has appointed David Thompson as its new Chief Information and Technology Officer (CITO). He formally assumes the role later this year and will be based in Phoenix, Arizona.

David joins from Western Union, a global financial services company, where he was Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Global Operations. In that role, he oversaw the company’s IT strategy, operations, information security, and product development. David will join the American Express GBT operating committee and report to Chief Executive Officer, Doug Anderson.

Anderson said: “Technology and innovation are central to our business. It is crucial, therefore, to have someone with David’s experience and expertise driving our strategy. I am delighted to welcome him to the organization.”

In his new role, David will be responsible for enterprise technology, application development, IT operations and data systems, information security and the product development teams.

Thompson said: “GBT’s significant investment in technology is guided by a clear strategic vision. This is an exciting time to be joining the organization, and I look forward to working with Doug and the team.”

Previously, David served as Chief Technology and Information Officer at leading technology companies Symantec, Oracle and PeopleSoft. He started his career as an Intelligence Systems Officer in the U.S. Air Force, prior to joining Mitre Corporation as an HR systems manager. He serves on the board of directors for CoreSite Realty Corp, a leading data center and interconnection provider.

About American Express Global Business Travel 

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) equips companies of all sizes with the insights, tools, services and expertise they need to keep their travellers informed, focused and productive while on the road. With approximately 12,000 employees and operations in nearly 120 countries worldwide, GBT empowers customers to take control of their travel programmes, optimising the return on their travel and meetings investments, while, more importantly, providing extraordinary traveller care.

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