CWT adds new leadership talent to accelerate hotel growth
2 November, 2016
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) today announced that Matt O'Keefe has joined as Chief Technology Officer of Hotel Distribution and Matt Brennan as Vice President of Hotel Operations.
"We created the Hotel distribution division with the goal of becoming the global leader in hotel bookings for business travelers," said Scott Brennan, President CWT Hotels. "The two Matt's (O'Keefe and Brennan) bring 40 years of experience to CWT, which will help us reach that goal. We're thrilled to be able to work alongside such dynamic individuals and look forward to the impact they will have on our business."
Matt O'Keefe's 20 years of technology and software experience provide rich expertise and deep knowledge of the travel industry. He was most recently Chief Technology Officer for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, a role he took in 2013, and was responsible for global technical architecture, technology standards and software development to support eCommerce and Marketing. Before joining Hyatt, O'Keefe served as Senior Technology Architect at Morningstar, Inc., where he was responsible for technical architecture, standards and platform services. O'Keefe graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He will report to Scott Brennan and Andrew Jordan, CWT's Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.
Matt Brennan has been in the facilities space since 2009 and has supported other third-party service industries since 1996. He most recently served as Vice President of Field Partner Management of QSI Facilities. Previous roles included Vice President of Operations for Oakleaf Waste Management, where he was responsible for the overall management of their network of waste haulers. Earlier in his career, Brennan was Vice President Vendor Network & Wholesale Product Marketing for GE Finance, launching a new business venture and managing $60 million of annual third party vendor expense. At GE, he also served as Operations Leader, Shared Service, where he managed all operational functions in a multi-site outsource environment for a $3 billion medical equipment leasing business. He graduated from Concordia University-River Forest with a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management. He will report directly to Scott Brennan.
CWT is a global leader specialized in managing business travel and meetings and events. CWT serves companies, government institutions and non-governmental organizations of all sizes in more than 150 countries and territories. By leveraging both the expertise of its people and leading-edge technology, CWT helps clients derive the greatest value from their travel program in terms of savings, service, security and sustainability. The company is also committed to providing best-in-class service and assistance to travelers. In 2015, sales volume for wholly owned operations and joint ventures totaled US$24.2 billion. As part of its commitment to responsible business, CWT is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact Ten Principles. For more information about CWT, please visit our global website at www.carlsonwagonlit.com. Follow us on Twitter @CarlsonWagonlit and Linkedin