by Suzanne Neufang
October 30, 2017
Modern travel management offers travel managers and procurement executives a broad array of avenues to success. As most corporate program leaders know, there are a variety of factors – some controllable, others not – that go into achieving sustainable success. The finest travel managers learn to manage that balance, impacting what they can, translating strategy into action, and driving measurable accomplishments on a recurring basis.
Over the course of the past four months, three HRS clients earned prominent awards for delivering such results for their companies. The spirit of innovation, creativity and traveler centricity runs through each of these programs. These award winners look at travel management challenges through the prism of possibility and good leadership. We at HRS are pleased to be a part of their equation as they strive to better serve both travelers and their company’s financial goals in the effort to optimize corporate travel programs.
Steven Schoen, Siemens – Named Travel Manager of the Year by Business Travel News
Schoen, working with Siemens’ travel team, helped author a revised global travel program, leaning on four strategic enablers – Driving an Ownership Culture, Digitization, Transparency and Simplification.
Darragh Ormsby, Google – Recipient of the Association of Corporate Travel Executive’s first Travel CEO Award
Ormsby plays a significant role in Google’s widely-followed travel program, facilitating superior performance in a sprawling program by giving travelers immense flexibility and demonstrating leadership in engagement with suppliers and Google’s C-suite. The program also enables the “giving back” of trip savings to charitable organizations around the world.
Ben Park, Parexel – Named Best Practitioner by Business Travel News
BTN recognized Park for his overhaul of Parexel’s small meetings program, helped in part by HRS’ meetago application. Park implemented an end-to-end concept that works for both Parexel’s preferred hotel suppliers and the admins/event planners that organize the company’s small meetings.
We are thrilled to see our clients get this well-deserved recognition. As our client base grows and more companies register success, we look forward to contributing even more stories like these … so their peers can learn which strategies and tactics can apply to their own programs. In the managed travel ecosystem, peers are usually the most trusted source of new ideas; we congratulate these three programs for their vision and leadership.