American Express Global Business Travel appoints new managing director
American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) announces today the appointment of Ashish Kishore as the new Managing Director for GBT, India. In his new role, Ashish will have overall management responsibility for GBT’s business in India. He will be part of the Asia Pacific leadership team, reporting into Elyes Mrad, Managing Director, International.
Ashish joins GBT from air services provider, dnata, where he was Country Head for India. In this role Ashish oversaw the entire business strategy, had responsibility for 400 employees and grew the business to its successful position today. In addition, as a board member of the Global Business Travel Association India, Ashish has been instrumental in advocating for the business travel sector and leading discussion around the role travel management companies play.
“Ashish’s extensive travel industry knowledge and experience, gained from his leadership roles in the sector, make him an ideal person to lead our business locally” said Elyes. “Our business in India is growing rapidly by servicing both multinational and local companies. Ashish has a proven track record of growing travel businesses in India into thriving, successful companies through product development, expanding into new sectors and implementing best practice in operational areas. I am delighted to welcome him to the organization.”
Previously, Ashish was Vice President at online travel portal, Yatra.com, where he was responsible for the development of products, marketing and sales across the hotel and holiday area of the business. Ashish was the National Sales Head for the FIT Leisure division at Kuoni prior to joining Yatra.com.
Ashish said: “GBT has an excellent reputation in India, due largely to its significant investment in technology, supported by exceptional traveler care. This is an exciting time to be joining the company, and I look forward to working with Elyes and the team.”
Ashish formally assumes the role on December 1, 2017, and will be based in Gurgaon, India.