President & CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council
Prior to joining WTTC in November 2010, David worked for 6 years in private equity and venture capital, completing deals in technology and travel sectors. David was CEO of Opodo, pan-European online travel company from 2002 to 2004, building the business from start up to a €500mn transaction turnover, before it was sold to Amadeus.
He joined the board of Hilton International in 1997 as senior VP sales, marketing and IT, leading the brand re-unification programme between the two Hilton shareholder companies. David rejoined British Airways from 1993 to 1997 as regional general manager Asia/ Pacific. He established the Joint Service Agreement and global alliance with Qantas.
He joined American Airlines in 1991 as managing director sales, Europe Middle East and Africa. David’s earlier career was with British Airways, with a variety of operational and sales roles in US, Europe, Latin America, Gulf States, Africa, and Asia.