ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – today announced Doug Parker, CEO of American Airlines Group and American Airlines, Inc. will be a featured speaker at Center Stage during this year's GBTA Convention July 26-30 in Los Angeles.
"GBTA is thrilled to add Doug as a speaker for this year's convention," said Michael W. McCormick, executive director and COO, GBTA. "An industry leader undertaking one of the largest mergers in industry history, Doug will provide great insight for attendees navigating the business travel industry."
Parker became CEO of American Airlines Group on Dec. 9, 2013 after the successful close of the merger between US Airways and American Airlines. Previously, Parker served as Chairman and CEO of US Airways where he led the company to record revenue growth, operational performance and profit margins that outpaced most industry peers. Prior to the merger of US Airways and America West Airlines in 2005, Parker was the Chairman, President and CEO of America West, taking the role just ten days before Sept. 11, 2001, leading the carrier through the difficult period.
Other Center Stage industry featured speakers at the GBTA Convention 2014 include U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John S. Pistole; Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of United Airlines Jeffery A. Smisek; and CEO of Delta Airlines Richard Anderson.
The 2014 Convention theme, Business in Motion, aptly describes how the event will unfold as nearly 7,000 attendees from all facets of the business travel industry come together for five days of continuous motion at the business travel event of the year. GBTA will broadcast LIVE from the LA Convention Center, bringing world-class keynote speakers, more than 70 industry-leading education sessions, the largest business travel expo floor, a wide selection of professional development opportunities and much more providing attendees the opportunity to build their careers and get business done.
About GBTA Convention The GBTA Convention, with nearly 7,000 attendees, is the largest, most comprehensive annual gathering of business travel and meetings managers, meeting planners, procurement professionals and suppliers anywhere in the world. The Business Travel Event of the Year ® features: more than 70 industry-leading education sessions organized into 20+ specialized tracks geared to specific levels of experience and a variety of disciplines; a 400+ company Exposition showcasing market choices not available at other industry gatherings; sessions featuring world-renowned speakers and industry leaders; a wide selection of professional development opportunities; and, much more. For more information on the GBTA Convention, visit gbta.org/convention.
About the Global Business Travel Association The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world's premier business travel and meetings organization. Collectively, GBTA's 6,000-plus members manage over $340 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA provides its network of 21,000 business and government travel and meetings managers, as well as travel service providers, with networking events, news, education & professional development, research, and advocacy. For more information, visit gbta.org.