New Houston-Based Role Reflects Wings’ Continued Worldwide Growth
London-headquartered Wings Travel Management (www.wings.travel), a leading independent global travel management company providing business travel services to clients in the finance, construction, security, energy and marine sectors, has appointed Chris Martin to the newly-created role of Senior Vice President – Global Business Development.
Martin joined the company in 2017 as Vice President Business Development for the Americas, based at Wing’s U.S. regional headquarters, in Houston, Texas. During this time, he has played an integral, active and strategic role in the successful award of a number of regional and global client contracts. The contractual value of these wins totals an impressive US $200 million.
Prior to joining Wings, Martin’s career spanned over 20 years in senior sales management roles within the travel management industry, latterly as Director of Sales for ATPI in Houston.
The new role reflects Wings’ continued worldwide growth and focus on strengthening its brand position in the market as the leading global independent travel management company for clients in the corporate, energy and marine sectors. Recent expansion includes the acquisition of the corporate and energy travel business of Louisiana-based Associated Travel and new operations in Egypt and Cyprus last year.
Chris Martin’s extensive experience of the oil & gas, marine and corporate industries, coupled with his deep understanding of Wing’s wider value proposition as a travel management company operating truly globally off the same technology platform, have largely contributed to the growing success of the company’s multi-national business strategy. In his new role, Martin’s remit is to lead the global sales function and specifically to identify growth opportunities and develop global strategic partnerships with clients. He will continue to be based in Houston and report into Frank Palapies, Chief Commercial Officer.
“I am delighted that Chris has taken up this role – during his time with Wings Travel Management, he has made his mark; his proven experience, passion and determination in identifying and developing strategic global partnerships places him as the perfect candidate for this role,” commented Frank Palapies, Chief Commercial Officer for Wings Travel Management.
Chris Martin stated: “I am excited and energized to be given this opportunity. It’s a pivotal moment in Wings’ history – and my career – with unprecedented growth and success. Wings offers the perfect formula for its clients, and there are so many more opportunities opening up for us in the coming months and year. This is an exciting time for this dynamic global organization, and I’m delighted to help shape that success.”
About Wings Travel Management: Founded in 1992, Wings’ global reach spans North America, South America, U.K./Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, where the company has wholly owned and managed regional offices. Wings employs over 400 people globally and is known for its unique expertise in navigating complex business travel, whilst generating cost savings without compromising on traveler safety. www.wings.travel