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Association of Corporate Travel Executives announces Officers

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives, a global leader in the education, advocacy, research and networking for the corporate travel industry, announces its 2016-17 officers, including a newly ratified treasurer and two incumbents.

Treasurer-elect Lori O’Connell, senior director of U.S. Travel and Meeting & Event Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers, will assume the office of treasurer on Jan. 1, 2016. O'Connell, a travel industry professional for 28 years, was elected to the Association's board of directors in 2014 and appointed treasurer-elect in October 2015. She replaces Treasurer Jeff Kurn, director of Corporate Strategy Incubation at Travelport, whose term expires on Dec. 31, 2015.

Association President Kurt Knackstedt, CEO at Australian-based automation and production company Troovo, will continue in his current post.

“With Lori’s deep background in business travel as well as ACTE affairs, we are set for a seamless transition. We’re very appreciative to Jeff for his time on the ACTE board and as treasurer. His efforts are leaving ACTE in fine shape for the future,” Knackstedt said.  

Executive Director Greeley Koch's employment contract was extended. Koch is an industry veteran and longtime volunteer with ACTE. He joined the Association as executive director in 2012. He will continue to serve as secretary.

“Our industry is facing unprecedented challenges and opportunities, so these next two years will see ACTE refining and refocusing our efforts to help members provide their companies with even greater benefit,” Koch said. “There will be more meetings and informational sessions to address the future of corporate travel as we expand our reach in additional locations around the world.”

O'Connell, Knackstedt and Koch were selected by the Association's board of directors. Their terms will run through Dec. 31, 2017.

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