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Travelport has appointed Bernard Bot as executive vice president and chief financial officer.
Bot will join the travel technology firm on January 1 2016 from Aer Lingus, where he held a key role in completing the recent €1.4 billion by IAG – parent company of BA and Iberia.
He will be based at Travelport’s global headquarters in Langley, UK and will report into president and CEO, Gordon Wilson.
Bot will take over as head of Travelport’s finance function, which includes investor relations, M&A, treasury, tax, financial planning and analysis, audit, controllership and procurement.
He replaces incumbent CFO, Philip Emery, who will be taking a break in his career to spend more time with his family, and the two will work together during the first few months of 2016 to ensure a “smooth handover of duties”.
Emery will also continue in his role as a board member of Travelport controlled subsidiaries, E Nett and Locomote, until he leaves the company in 2016.
CEO Wilson said: "Bernard Bot has a very impressive track record – he is a proven public company CFO with extensive experience of running a finance function for two high profile, international companies.
“He also possesses strong business acumen, backed by an earlier career in strategic consultancy, which has enabled him to have an impact way beyond the immediate remit of his function.”
Wilson added: “As we continue to deliver the Travelport vision of redefining travel commerce, having someone with Bernard’s challenging thinking, intellect and experience on our leadership team will be highly advantageous.”