GBTA Africa Appoints First President

Global Power Company Travel Manager to Undertake Volunteer Leadership Role

Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) today announced Mr Kovilan Naidoo, Travel Manager – Africa for Cummins Inc, as its newly appointed President of GBTA Africa.
Mr Naidoo will act as the lead buyer in the organization with a remit to steer GBTA in developing a full advisory board and strategy across key Africa regions outside of Southern Africa during 2014. The role compliments the existing buyer leadership position held by Ms Linda Basson, Accenture, as head of the board for GBTA’s Southern Africa region.  GBTA is the only formal, not-for-profit, buyer-led, member association to operate in the business travel sector in South Africa.
Mr Naidoo has held his existing role at Cummins Inc since 2011 with a remit to manage the travel and expense programme for the company across an extensive expansion project across Africa.  Prior to this role he worked for First National Bank in South Africa as a Financial Manager and a Travel Sourcing Specialist.
Talking about Mr Naidoo, Paul Tilstone, SVP for Global Operations for GBTA, said, “We were really impressed by Kovilan’s passion and knowledge.  He clearly understands what an association like GBTA brings to professionals in our sector and can bring to the pan-African business travel community.  His work across new regions for Cummins compliments our plans for expansion across the rest of Africa.”
Mr Naidoo said about his appointment, “I am honoured to take on this role for GBTA. I believe I am well positioned to help GBTA to create the right plan to develop into key parts of Africa.  It is an exciting and vibrant region, with lots of growth potential for the industry.  It is also a region where experience and learning from the lessons of others pays huge dividends.  I look forward to helping GBTA build a strong and committed network across the continent.”

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