BOSTON, Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Amadeus, the leading technology provider for the global travel industry, today announced the appointment of Rashesh Jethi to head up its Research & Development (R&D) team for the Americas region.
With matrix responsibility for the R&D teams in both North America and Latin America, Jethi will oversee the creation, development, and delivery of software platforms and products across all of Amadeus' business lines and travel industry customers. Amadeus' R&D teams develop and maintain some of the travel industry's most critical systems in the areas of distribution and airline passenger support systems. They also deliver leading solutions that use data analytics and intelligence, fare search and optimization, hotel, rail, web services and ancillary systems for Amadeus' airline and travel agency customers worldwide.
"We are pleased to welcome a technology leader of Rashesh's caliber and background. His experience in Silicon Valley and knowledge of the travel industry mirrors Amadeus' unique position at the crossroads of travel and technology," said Herve Couturier, Executive Vice President and global head of R&D for Amadeus. "His leadership and expertise will be instrumental in our mission to strengthen our presence in the Americas, and continue to foster a world-class R&D organization to serve the ever-evolving needs of the travel industry."
Jethi joins Amadeus from Cisco Systems where he was the portfolio management and marketing leader for Cisco Services in some of the company's highest growth areas of virtualization, cloud computing, software-defined networking and cybersecurity. Previously as CTO and CIO of Visage Mobile in San Francisco, he was responsible for the technology architecture, engineering development and operations of the company's SaaS platform for mobile virtual operators and service providers. He has also held a number of technology management and consulting roles in the finance and telecom industries (Wells Fargo Bank, Virgin Mobile and NorthPoint Communications) and with several leading airlines and travel agencies, including American Airlines, Lufthansa, Southwest Airlines, Travelocity and American Express.
"Travel is an industry that doesn't stand still, both figuratively and literally, and I am excited to be back in travel and at Amadeus. With our tremendous growth and expansion in the region, I look forward to building and leading a strong team that delivers our proven platform capabilities and introduces innovative and agile solutions for our customers," said Jethi.
He holds a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering from The University of Alabama, and has completed the Executive Education Program in Marketing from the London Business School. He has served as visiting faculty for technology and operations classes, and holds a patent in the area of web services for multi-tenant mobile platforms.
Jethi will be based out of the Amadeus R&D Center in Boston, reporting to Couturier and Scott Gutz, President and CEO of Amadeus North America.
Amadeus is a leading provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel industry. Customer groups include travel providers (e.g. airlines, hotels, rail and ferry operators, etc.), travel sellers (travel agencies and websites), and travel buyers (corporations and travel management companies).
The Amadeus group employs around 13,000 people worldwide, across central sites in Madrid (corporate headquarters), Nice (development) and Erding (operations), as well as 71 local Amadeus Commercial Organizations globally.
The group operates a transaction-based business model. Amadeus is listed on the Spanish Stock Exchange under the symbol "AMS.MC" and is a component of the IBEX 35 index.
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