DUBAI, UAE - Travelport, a leading Travel Commerce Platform, has announced the appointment of Matthew Powell to the role of Managing Director in the Middle East and South Asia. Matthew’s Travelport career spans more than two decades during which time he has held a variety of leadership roles; most recently spearheading Travelport’s growth in India as well as leading agency commerce solutions for Africa, Middle East and South Asia. He has been leading the region on an interim basis since early this year and today’s announcement will see Travelport’s customers and associates across the region continue to benefit from Matthew’s expertise and leadership in working with travel industry leaders to grow their businesses and reach business objectives through leveraging Travelport’s industry leading technologies.
Matthew will continue to drive growth of the business with a major focus on driving adoption of Travelport’s award-winning point of sale solutions, Travelport Smartpoint, Universal API, and further product offerings, available to the travel agency community across the Middle East and South Asia so they can sell more, book better and work smarter through the Travel Commerce Platform.
Matthew said: “I’m so pleased to have the opportunity to continue to lead the team in the Middle East and South Asia as we redefine travel commerce in the region. During my time as acting managing director this year, I have gained a deep understanding of our customers’ needs in the region and I’m thrilled to continue on working with them in leveraging Travelport’s industry leading suite of products so they have the advantage they need to meet challenges ahead and grow their businesses.”
Rabih Saab, Travelport’s President & Managing Director, Europe, Middle East, Africa and South Asia commented: “Matthew is a seasoned Travelport executive who has garnered a wealth of experience in our business in the region over recent years. He is recognized as a proficient leader with long standing industry expertise. I am delighted to announce his permanent appointment to lead our business in Middle East and South Asia.”