Travelport’s Kelly Kolb and Skyscanner’s Kirsty Ireland to Lead Travel Technology Association Board

The Travel TechnologyAssociation (Travel Tech), the voice of the travel technology industry and consistent advocate for public policy that empowers traveler choice, announces the election of Kelly Kolb of Travelport as Board Chair and Kirsty Ireland of Skyscanner to Vice Chair of the Travel Tech board. In addition, Maryam Mujica, Director of Public Affairs, Americas at will serve as Board Treasurer and Jason Park, Head of Federal Government Affairs, Americas at Expedia Group as Board Secretary.

The incoming Chair, Kelly Kolb, Vice President, Government and Industry Affairs at Travelport most recently served as the Board’s Vice Chair. Kolb joined Travelport in May 2016, and in her role as Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs, she is responsible for leading Travelport’s global government affairs activities while working closely with the company’s business units on developing strategic initiatives.

Incoming Board Vice Chair, Kirsty Ireland, has served as Director and Head of Global Policy & Public Affairs at Skyscanner since 2014. Ireland’s role focuses on leading, shaping, and executing the company’s public and regulatory affairs strategy. She devises strategy across policy areas, including aviation, digital technology, platform economy, and consumer regulation, and engages regularly with policymakers and regulators at global, national, and regional levels.

“As the travel technology industry continues to navigate through unprecedented times and increasing consumer demand, I am thrilled to take on the role of Board Chair for Travel Tech,” said Kolb. “Working alongside our members and staff we will focus on driving innovation and advocacy for policies that support our industry and empower consumer choice.”

“I am eager to collaborate with the board, staff, and our members to drive growth, innovation, and results for our members,” Ireland added. “I am excited and honored to work with the Travel Tech team to build on the strong foundation as we chart a bold course for the future of the organization.”

President and CEO of Travel Tech Laura Chadwick, stated, “I am delighted Kelly, Kirsty, and our entire Board are lending their diverse backgrounds, years of experience, and dedication to advance Travel Tech’s policy agenda. I look forward to continuing our close collaboration as we navigate challenges, explore opportunities, and drive growth in the travel technology space for the benefit of the consumer.”


About Travel Tech

The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech) empowers traveler choice by advocating for public policy promoting marketplace transparency and competition. Travel Tech represents the leading innovators in travel technology, including global distribution systems, online travel agencies, metasearch companies, travel management companies, and short-term rental platforms.

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