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The BTA appoints Suzanne Horner as new Chair

Suzanne Horner
The BTA (Business Travel Association, formerly the GTMC) has appointed Suzanne Horner as new chair of its executive board. Suzanne replaces Paul Allan who stepped down following Clarity’s acquisition of Ian Allan Travel in May this year.

Suzanne Horner, CEO of one of the fastest growing TMCs, Gray Dawes Group, has over three decades of experience in the travel sector. She is appointed chairperson of the association just as it rebrands from the GTMC and embraces a new, broadened strategy and expanded scope of work. Suzanne is also currently the chair of the BTA’s People Strategy Group where she leads on the association’s mission to attract new talent to the corporate travel sector.  

Adrian Parkes, CEO, BTA, said:   “I’m excited that one of the last things I do in my role as CEO is to welcome the association’s first ever female chair of the board. Her range of experience and passion for what our new brand stands for in its collaborative and inclusive approach to future-proofing the sector is unrivalled. I’m pleased to see her leading the way in this new chapter.”  

Suzanne Horner, chair of the executive board, BTA commented:   “I’m thrilled to take up this role at such an exciting time for the association. I’m looking forward to working closely with the new CEO and board on delivering the new BTA strategy and continuing the hard work we’ve already started to implement on behalf of our TMC members and their clients, as well as partners and other industry associates. We have a bright future ahead.”  

Representing a diverse range of travel management companies – from global companies to small independent specialists and top regional agencies – and their clients, partners and industry associates, BTA is the authority on business travel. Originally founded in 1967, it acts to lobby those who have an impact on the business travel community, together with promoting the activities of its members as the best in quality and value to the business traveller.

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