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CWT strengthens finance and strategy leadership team capabilities

April 26, 2022

Lisa Papageorge (l), Jim Shepherd and Julia Kou

CWT, the Business-to-Business-for-Employees (B2B4E) travel management platform today announces three new leadership positions, pivotal to supporting the successful delivery of CWT’s financial and strategic priorities. Jim Shepherd joins CWT as Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance, Lisa Papageorge is confirmed as Vice President Treasurer, having held this role on an interim basis since joining the business in February 2022, and Julia Kou is appointed to the newly created role of Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer. All appointments are effective immediately and report directly to Bill Courtney, CWT’s EVP & Chief Financial Officer. 

“We’re extremely proud to have such immensely talented and experienced leaders, who individually and collectively bring a powerful dynamic to our organization, as we continue to execute on our growth initiatives, scale our operations and uphold our leadership position in the business travel sector,” said Bill Courtney, Chief Financial Officer. “Their experience across a wide range of financial, treasury and strategy matters, further strengthens our finance and strategy team.”  

Based in Minneapolis, Jim Shepherd will serve on CWT’s Finance & Strategy Leadership Team and be responsible for the delivery of analysis, decision support, and leadership of Financial Planning and Analysis as well as the Finance Business partnerships to the global operating functions of CWT. Jim brings more than 20 years senior leadership experience in the areas of finance, strategy, and operational excellence, delivering shareholder value and strategic impact for Fortune 500 companies. He joins CWT via Medtronic, where he served as the Vice President of Strategy and Transformation for Global Operations and Supply Chain.   

Dallas based Lisa Papageorge, has served as a prominent member of CWT’s Finance & Strategy Leadership Team since the start of the year, successfully overseeing CWT’s treasury and investor relations organization.  Before joining CWT, Lisa was Treasurer at Service King Collisions Repairs, where she was responsible for the company’s implementation of cash management programs. Prior to that, she spent over six years at Dr Pepper Snapple Group where she led the global treasury function, cash flow management, and banking relationships.

Following her appointment as Head of Strategy, Planning & Analytics in 2020, Julia Kou has been responsible for the effective alignment of CWT’s strategic plans to its investments, whilst overseeing corporate planning, pricing & profitability, and business insights functions. In her new role, Julia will be dedicated to leading corporate strategy, mergers & acquisitions, strategic transactions and business insights & analytics. She will continue to collaborate with the Executive Leadership Team to enable CWT’s company’s vision and strategic priorities.

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 technol


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