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CWT’s executive leadership team features more than 200 years’ combined experience in all facets of global travel, hospitality, logistics, technology, and the law. They have set a winning strategy that our clients and their employees can count on to help them keep moving and deliver travel management services that drive bottom line results.

Patrick Andersen

President & Chief Executive Officer

Patrick AndersenPatrick Andersen is our President & Chief Executive Officer, and was appointed to the position on 1 May 2022. Immediately prior to this he was President and Chief Commercial Officer where he managed and oversaw several industry-defining initiatives including the launch of myCWT China, the expansion of RoomIt by CWT, and the development of innovative long-term GDS technology partnership agreements.

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, and is on the Board of Overseers for the Carlson School of Management.He studied management at the London Business School.

Lauren Aste

Chief Legal Officer

Lauren AsteLauren Aste is Chief Legal Officer, and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team.

She joined CWT in 2007 and has more than 20 years’ experience global travel and law, having previously served in private practice at international law firms Dechert LLP and Chadbourne & Parke LLP. Lauren also serves as Board Chair of the World Childhood Foundation, Inc.

She received her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law, holds an MA from New York University Graduate School of Arts and Science, and a BA from Wellesley College. She is admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of England and Wales and is a member of the New York and Connecticut State Bars.

Judy Hendrick

Chief Financial Officer

Judy HendrickJudy Hendrick is Chief Financial Officer, and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team. A former CFO and Chief Growth Officer of Aimbridge Hospitality, she has 20 years’ extensive experience in hospitality and banking – including 15 years at Wyndham International and senior positions at Chase Manhattan Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and First Republic Bank.

Judy holds a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Dallas, and is an alumni of Kansas State University.

Julia Kou

Chief Strategy Officer

Julia KouJulia Kou is our Chief Strategy Officer, and a member of the Executive Leadership Team. She joined CWT in 2016 following M&A, capital markets, and legal roles with Capgemini, Travelport, Cendant Travel Distribution Services Group Inc., and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

Julia graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in International Relations and East Asian Studies, and holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Brian Mogler

Chief Partnership Officer

Brian MoglerBrian Mogler is our Chief Partnership Officer, and a member of the Executive Leadership Team. He has more than 30 years’ travel industry experience, and joined CWT in 2011, having held a variety of management roles at American Express Corporate Card, American Express Business Travel, and United Airlines.

Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona.

John Pelant

Chief Experience & Technology Officer

John PelantJohn Pelant is Chief Experience & Technology Officer, and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team.

He joined CWT in 1991 and has held various leadership positions, with both global and Americas remits, most recently leading the Product and Technology organization as Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer. He is responsible for delivering on the company’s strategy for our external and internal product capabilities servicing our customers.

John is also a board member for the Orphaned Starfish Foundation, a member of the Defenders Circle at Thorn, and leads the CWT Responsible Business program in the Americas. 

John holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St John’s University in Minnesota.

Laura Watterson

Chief Human Resources Officer

Laura WattersonLaura is Chief Human resources Officer, and is a member of the Executive Leadership team. She is a former Chief Human Resources & Risk Officer with Cambria, Chief Human Resources Officer at Johnson Brothers Liquor Company, Director of HR at Philips Electronics, SVP - Global Talent & Rewards at CWT, and VP Talent and Culture at Aimia.

She holds a Master’s in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts in French from Washington and Lee University.

Nick Vournakis

Chief Customer Officer

Nick VournakistNick Vournakis is Chief Customer Officer, and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team. He joined CWT in 2000, and has held numerous leadership roles including Managing Director, Global Customer Development, and President, US Military & Government, as well as having responsibility for North American Air Solutions and managing our Canadian operations.

Nick spent four years with EY Global Consulting services having been awarded a BA in Economics at Miami University.