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Rio Tinto travel buyer Kurt Knackstedt (pictured) will become the new president of ACTE from January 1.
Singapore-based Knackstedt will take over from the association’s current president Suzanne Neufang who steps down after two years in the post.
Knackstedt, who is currently Rio Tinto’s global category lead for travel and expense, previously worked for American Express Business Travel and Travelport after starting his career in corporate travel with Rosenbluth International in Philadelphia.
He joined ACTE’s board of directors in January 2012 as the regional representative for Asia.
Outgoing ACTE president Neufang said: “It has been a tremendous honour to serve as this association’s president these past two years.
“I have had the satisfaction of seeing how a professional association like ours can advance careers and effect change across an entire industry.
“The past year has shown what comes from the joint efforts of a dedicated board of directors, a driven volunteer-oriented membership, and a focused professional staff.
“Our educational programs are well-recognised and well-attended. Our industry positions are well-defined and well-respected. Our view of the future is well grounded in the anticipated needs of our members.”