GBTA Announces Departure of Board President

Alexandria, Virginia – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the world’s largest business travel association and worldwide leader in education, research, networking, and advocacy for the industry – announces the resignation of the Board of Directors president, Bhart Sarin, who has decided to step down from the board to focus on his professional and personal pursuits outside of the business travel industry, effective today.

Mr. Sarin has served the Association through the COVID-19 pandemic and over the past nine years on the Board of Directors as a Direct Member Director, Chairman, and President.

In accordance with the Association’s Bylaws and effective immediately, GBTA Vice President, Denise Truso, will assume oversight of Board meetings and presiding officer activities with the support of the GBTA Board and GBTA staff. “I am committed to working alongside the GBTA Board of Directors and staff in the months leading to Convention as we seek to create an inclusive environment and rebuild our industry through Ready. Safe. Travel.,” said Truso.

The position of President will remain open and eligible for member nominations/voting in the upcoming election. Additional information regarding the election process and other open board seats will be forthcoming and aligned with the GBTA Bylaws and any subsequent changes.

The GBTA Board of Directors and GBTA staff will continue to work together as we navigate the pandemic, strengthen the financial stability of the organization, and unite our members while enhancing the overall member experience.

David Leibowitz (NORAM), 602-317-1414, [email protected]
Nikki Stimson (EMEA), +44(0) 7764 618199, [email protected]

About the Global Business Travel Association
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. GBTA’s 9,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA delivers world-class education, events, research, advocacy, and media to a growing global network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts. To learn how business travel drives lasting business growth, visit

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