November 2022, Virtual
21 November 2022, Hilton London Metropole
American Express Global Business Travel has appointed a new UK boss as part of a restructure of its European management.
Champa Magesh (pictured) has been appointed to the role of general manager for the UK, replacing Anthony Drury, who also looked after the Nordics market.
Magesh, who was previously with Amex’s Global Corporate Payments division, will be responsible for the TMC’s strategy development and growth within the UK.
“American Express recently reviewed the way in which its European leadership team is structured and decided that in order to better service its clients, the UK and Nordics markets will each have a dedicated vice president/general manager,” said a spokeswoman.
“The new general manager for the Nordics will be announced shortly. Anthony continues to work with the business, focusing on specific strategic projects.”
As part of the management changes, Tommy Bonner has also been appointed as head of European sales. Bonner, who has been at American Express for more than 20 years, will be responsible for driving sales across Europe in his new role.
Katrina Cliffe, vice president and general manager EMEA, added: “We are part of one of the world’s largest travel agency networks which means we need a regional structure that is able to meet our clients’ business travel needs globally, regionally and on a local market-level.”
“The appointment of Champa and Tommy and the wealth of experience they bring with them will significantly enhance our ability to deliver the services and tools our clients require to more efficiently manage their corporate travel programmes.”
Amex has also announced that worldwide business travel commissions fell by 5 per cent for the second quarter of 2013 as worldwide travel sales dropped by 1 per cent.