LONDON, UK — April 17, 2019 — American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has appointed Gerardo Tejado as General Manager of American Express Meetings & Events, a division of GBT. In his new role, Tejado will report to GBT’s Executive Vice President of Global Supplier Relations Michael Qualantone and be based in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Tejado replaces Issa Jouaneh, who after leading the globalisation and expansion of the American Express Meetings & Events business over the last decade, is leaving to pursue other interests.
Qualantone said: “Gerardo brings great experience to his new role, not only on the Meetings & Events side, but also from a commercial, finance and operations perspective. He has been central to the growth of our business in Latin America over the past seven years.”
Tejado will be focused on prioritising a technology-driven transformation of the attendee experience for clients of American Express Meetings & Events.
He said: “American Express Meetings & Events has an amazing team of people that is passionate about delivering the best possible experience for our customers, their event attendees and meeting participants. I am a strong believer in collaboration and team effort and look forward to leading and learning from this great group of industry innovators.”
Tejado was previously Vice President and General Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), where he was responsible for doubling the size of the GBT footprint in the region and opening the company’s propriety operation in Colombia in 2017. David Reimer, GBT SVP and General Manager for the Americas, will now oversee the LAC team and operation.
With 17 years at American Express and GBT, Tejado has driven success in various commercial and client management facing roles. He has an industrial engineering degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana and holds a Master of Science in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
About American Express Global Business Travel
American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) is the world’s leading business partner for managed travel. We help companies and employees prosper by making sure travelers are present where and when it matters. We keep global business moving with the powerful backing of 17,000 travel professionals in more than 140 countries. Companies of all sizes, and in all places, rely on GBT to provide travel management services, organise meetings and events, and deliver business travel consulting.
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About American Express Meetings & Events
American Express Meetings & Events, a division of American Express Global Business Travel, offers longstanding experience, expertise and leading capabilities spanning program implementation to budget optimisation in order to deliver powerful meetings and events experiences for clients. The global team is focused on meetings and events sourcing, planning, contract negotiations, budgeting, expense management, reporting, and benchmarking, combined with strategic counsel and integration of leading technology. This end-to-end approach focuses on creating visibility, driving savings, and enabling effective meeting experiences.
With more than 50 years in the industry and presence in more than 100 countries, American Express Meetings & Events is uniquely positioned to manage meetings and events locally, regionally, internationally, and across the globe. The company’s broad capabilities meet the full spectrum of clients’ meetings and events’ needs. In 2017, GBT acquired events management agency, Banks Sadler. In 2018 GBT acquired travel management company, HRG, including its meetings and events division.
American Express Meetings & Events has been named for nine years consequently to Meetings Net’s “CMI 25” list, an annual directory of the largest and most influential full-service meeting and incentive travel management companies focused on the US corporate meetings and incentives industry. To learn more about the services offered by American Express Meetings & Events, visit: https://www.amexglobalbusinesstravel.com/meetings-and-events/.