Travelport announces the appointment of Kelly Kolb as VP of government affairs

LANGLEY, UK, 2016-Jun-22 — /Travel PR News/ — Travelport (NYSE:TVPT), a leading Travel Commerce Platform, today announced it has hired Kelly Kolb as vice president of government affairs to lead Travelport’s Washington office.

Kolb joins Travelport after serving the past seven years as vice president of government affairs for the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), where she was RILA’s lead lobbyist and media spokesperson on transportation and workforce issues.

Prior to joining RILA, Kolb held positions on Capitol Hill, the Executive Branch, and on political campaigns. She is a former Acting Assistant Secretary for Government Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation, a position she held after serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary. In this position, she advised the Secretary of Transportation on all federal, state, and local matters and was responsible for developing and advancing the department’s governmental affairs strategy. Kolb began her career working on Capitol Hill for Senators George Allen (R-V.A.) and John Ashcroft (R-M.O.). She also served on President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign, as well as the President’s Inaugural Committee.

“We are pleased to welcome Kelly to head up Travelport’s government affairs office in Washington,” said Dirk Vande Beek, Travelport’s senior vice president of government affairs. “Kelly is an accomplished government affairs and public policy professional with a great understanding of business issues. She is the perfect choice to help Travelport engage constructively with government officials on Travelport’s long-established global distribution and travel booking capabilities, as well as on Travelport’s innovative digital and merchandising services.”

About Travelport
Travelport is a Travel Commerce Platform providing distribution, technology, payment, mobile and other solutions for the global travel and tourism industry.  With a presence in approximately 180 countries, over 3,700 employees, and an additional 1,200 employees at IGT Solutions Private Ltd who provide us with application development services, our 2015 net revenue was over $2.2 billion.

Travelport is comprised of:

  • A Travel Commerce Platform through which it facilitates travel commerce by connecting the world’s leading travel providers with online and offline travel buyers in a proprietary business-to-business (B2B) travel marketplace.  Travelport has a leadership position in airline merchandising, hotel content and rate distribution, mobile travel commerce and a pioneering B2B payment solution that addresses the needs of travel intermediaries to efficiently and securely settle travel transactions.
  • Technology Services through which it provides critical IT services to airlines, such as shopping, ticketing, departure control and other solutions, enabling them to focus on their core business competencies and reduce costs.

Travelport is headquartered in Langley, U.K.  The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and trades under the symbol “TVPT”.

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Travelport announces the appointment of Kelly Kolb as VP of government affairs

Travelport announces the appointment of Kelly Kolb as VP of government affairs