CWT, the Business-to-Business-for-Employees (B2B4E) travel management platform, announces the appointments of Belinda Hindmarsh as Chief Growth Officer, and Brian Mogler as Chief Partnership Officer. They, and Julia Kou, CWT’s Chief Strategy Officer will all now report to Patrick Andersen, CWT’s President and CEO, and become members of the company’s Executive Leadership Team, with immediate effect. Additionally, Judy Hendrick has been appointed Interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO) from 1 July 2022, taking over from Bill Courtney, CWT’s current CFO, who has announced his intention to retire at the end of June 2022.
“Appointing a group of such highly talented individuals to our Leadership Team is a strong statement of our intent, a very public commitment to our ambitious growth agenda, and I am delighted to welcome each of them to their new roles,” said Patrick Andersen, CWT’s President and CEO. “I am also very pleased to have secured someone of Judy’s financial acumen and talent to act as Interim CFO, pending a permanent appointment, and thank Bill for the impressive impact he has made while in the role.”
Immediately prior to her appointment as Chief Growth Officer, Belinda Hindmarsh was Chief Operating Officer of RoomIt and China, and she will continue to spearhead these and other commercial developments, plus marketing and communications. She joined CWT in 2018 to lead Global Sales Effectiveness and was appointed SVP Global Market Management & Market Development in 2020. Belinda has over 20 years’ experience in the travel tech space, having held various international and global operations, marketing, supplier management and commercial roles with Expedia Group and Aer Lingus.
Prior to his appointment as Chief Partnership Officer, Brian Mogler was CWT’s Head of Global Supplier Management and Solutions Group, and he retains responsibility for CWT's Air & Ground Transportation strategy, commercial relationships, revenue and supplier agreements and supplier e-commerce and merchandising strategy. He will also take on responsibility for CWT’s Global Partnership Network and certain technology partners. 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.
Julia Kou was appointed Chief Strategy Officer in April 2022, and is dedicated to leading corporate strategy, mergers & acquisitions, strategic transactions, business insights & analytics, and is responsible for enabling CWT’s company’s vision and strategic priorities. Prior to this she was Head of Strategy, Planning & Analytics for two years. She is a Board member of JTB Business Travel Solutions Inc., and China Travel Management Services Company Ltd., and 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 LLP.
Judy Hendrick retired as CFO and Chief Growth Officer of Aimbridge Hospitality on 31 December 2021, following 13 years in the role, and she has 20 years of extensive experience in hospitality and banking. She served for 15 years at Wyndham International in various executive roles, including EVP Chief Investment Officer, SVP of Finance, and Treasurer, before which she held senior positions at Chase Manhattan Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and First Republic Bank. She serves on the American Hospitality & Lodging Association’s Women in Lodging Advisory Board, the American Heart Association Board of Directors for the Southwest Region, and on the Executive Committee of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce Executive Women’s Roundtable.
Global executive search firm, Korn Ferry, has been appointed the remit to find a permanent candidate for the CFO role.
CWT is a Business-to-Business-for-Employees (B2B4E) travel management platform. Companies and governments rely on us to keep their people connected – anywhere, anytime, anyhow. Across six continents, we provide their employees with innovative technology and an efficient, safe and secure travel experience backed by our three core promises: to simplify corporate travel, to connect to unlock possibilities, and to move forward, together.
CWT’s Executive Leadership Team (ELT) comprises Patrick Andersen, and direct reports: Lauren Aste (Chief Legal Officer), Bill Courtney (Chief Financial Officer), Belinda Hindmarsh (Chief Growth Officer), Julia Kou (Chief Strategy Officer), Catherine Maguire Vielle (Chief Human Resources Officer), Brian Mogler (Chief Partnership Officer), John Pelant (Chief Technology Officer), Derek Sharp (Chief Traveler Experience Officer), Nicholas Vournakis (Chief Customer Officer). Chris Vukelich is Strategic Advisor to the ELT. Judy Hendrick replaces Bill Courtney as CFO on 1 July 2022