GBTA Announces Newly Elected Members to Global Board of Directors at GBTA Convention 2018

Alexandria, VA (August 23, 2018) – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – announced four newly elected members to its Global Board of Directors following the election last week during GBTA Convention 2018.

“We look forward to welcoming – or welcoming back in some cases – these individuals to the Global Board of Directors, and thank all of the volunteers who serve on this Board for their dedication and commitment to the future success of GBTA,” said GBTA President Christle Johnson.

The winners of the three open Direct Member at Large positions are Tricia Alsup, Travel Manager, Dollar General; Kathy Briski, Travel Category Manager, The Boeing Company; and Erin Wilk, Global Security Travel Safety Manager, Facebook, Inc. Briski and Wilk return to the Board after being appointed to fill vacant slots in 2017, while Alsup joins the Board for the first time.

The winner of the open Allied Member at Large position is Doug Payne, Senior Vice President – Corporate Sales, ALTOUR. Payne has previously served two terms on the Board from 2011-2015.

They join the following returning Board Members to make up the 2018-2019 Global Board of Directors:


Christle Johnson, CCTE, GLP, GTP
GBTA President
Vice President Travel & Business Services
Johnson Downie LLC

Rita Visser, GTP
GBTA Vice President
Director, Global Travel Sourcing and GPO

Bhart A. Sarin, GTP, CPSM
GBTA Chairman
Corporate Procurement
Ingredion Incorporated

Scott A. Solombrino
President, GBTA Allied Leadership Council
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dav El / Boston Coach Chauffeured Transportation Network

Dorothy Dowling
Vice President, GBTA Allied Leadership Council
SVP & Chief Marketing Officer
Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Michael W. McCormick
Executive Director & COO

Jennifer Steinke, CCTE, GTP
VP Global Travel Management

Paul Tilstone, GTP
Managing Partner
Festive Road

Denise Truso, CCTE, GTP
Director, Global Travel

Gloria Gonzalez, CCTE, GTP
CPC President
Director of Travel & Meetings
Freeman Company


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 and the GBTA Foundation deliver 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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