Minneapolis, 23 April 2020: CWT, the B2B4E travel management platform, today announces the following changes within its Executive Leadership Team (ELT) – Michelle McKinney Frymire is named Chief Finance & Strategy Officer, and Patrick Andersen is named Chief Commercial Officer and President of RoomIt. The changes are prompted by the planned departure from the company of David Falter, formerly President of RoomIt by CWT, all three effective 1 May 2020.
Commenting on the changes, Kurt Ekert, CWT’s President & CEO said: “By combining the Commercial and RoomIt teams we have created a more practical approach to managing these two complementary functions, and in the new operating environment it is logical to bring together strategy and finance. Michelle and Patrick’s proven track records give me great confidence in their ability to lead these teams and enhance their remits. I thank Dave for the great work he has done in growing RoomIt to its market leadership position, and we all wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Michelle Frymire was appointed to the ELT in January 2019 upon joining the company and was formerly the company’s Chief Financial Officer. She has 18 years’ travel industry experience, with CFO roles at Starwood Vacation Ownership and Delta Technology (a division of Delta Airlines), and financial leadership roles with Continental Air Lines and Delta Air Lines. In addition, she held CFO positions at several private equity portfolio companies before joining CWT. Michelle has served as a member of the Texas Women’s Foundation Economic Leadership Council and is currently on the Board of Directors for Family Gateway in Dallas, Texas. She holds a bachelor’s degree, in economics, from Austin College, Texas and an MBA, in finance and accounting, from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas.
Patrick Andersen was appointed to the ELT in October 2013 and was formerly the company’s Chief Strategy and Commerce Officer. He joined CWT in 2008 and has over 30 years’ experience in global travel & logistics, with various international leadership roles at Deutsche Post Worldwide and DHL. Patrick also serves as a Non-Executive Member of the Board at Global Minnesota, and MNSNAP, is on the Board of Overseers for the Carlson School of Management, and was previously a Non-Executive Member of the Board of Qliro Group. He studied management at the London Business School.
From 1 May 2020, Kurt Ekert’s Executive Leadership Team comprises: Catherine Maguire Vielle, Chief Human Resources Officer, Chris Vukelich, Strategic Advisor, John Pelant, Chief Technology Officer, Kelly Kuhn, Chief Customer Officer, Lauren Aste, General Counsel, Michelle McKinney Frymire, Chief Finance and Strategy Officer, Niklas Andréen, Chief Traveler Experience Officer and Patrick Andersen, Chief Commercial Officer and President of RoomIt by CWT.
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