Scott Solombrino, Prominent Industry Veteran, to Take the Lead at GBTA
Alexandria, VA (April 29, 2019) – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, announced today that after ten years at the organization, Michael W. McCormick has chosen to step down to pursue new opportunities. McCormick will remain in an advisory role to Scott Solombrino and the Board to ensure a smooth transition as GBTA prepares for the 51st edition of its annual Convention this August in Chicago.
Since assuming the position of Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer in August of 2009, McCormick led the Association through a period of unprecedented development, expansion and growth, effectively building and advancing the operation of GBTA and building its presence internationally. Under McCormick’s leadership and with the support of the Global Board of Directors, GBTA has tripled its membership and doubled its operating revenues over the past decade. GBTA has truly established itself as a global Association during this time, fully putting the “G” in GBTA and moving beyond its days as the National Business Travel Association.
“The Global Business Travel Association sincerely thanks Mike for his leadership and for his meaningful contributions for the advancement of our organization,” said Christle Johnson, GBTA President. “When selecting the most qualified individual to serve as Executive Director and COO, the Board of Directors could not have chosen anyone more experienced, knowledgeable and respected than Scott. We gratefully appreciate his willingness to take on this pivotal role, and the Board is absolutely confident that Scott will lead GBTA into the future with great accomplishment, distinction and success.”
The longtime President and Chief Executive Officer of Dav El/Boston Coach Chauffeured Transportation Network, Solombrino, recently left his position at the company after 43 years. Under Solombrino’s leadership, Dav El/Boston Coach grew to become one of the country’s largest privately held chauffeured transportation companies. Mr. Solombrino was the Co-Founder and four-term past President of the National Limousine Association. He has been a staunch force for the advancement of the ground transportation industry internationally, both through his work as President of the Allied Leadership Council for GBTA and as a member of its Board of Directors; positions he has held for more than 20 years.
Solombrino’s former role as president of GBTA Allied Leadership Council will be assumed by Dorothy Dowling, Chief Marketing Officer & SVP, Best Western Hotels & Resorts, who previously served as the Council’s Vice President.
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 10,000-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 gbta.org.