Andrew Dyer, Executive Vice President, Travel Partner Relations. (Photo Credit: Navigatr Group)WHY IT RATES: The travel industry veteran will work with partners across all Navigatr brands to drive improved partner relationships and outcomes.—Patrick Clarke, TravelPulse Senior Editor
Navigatr Group has announced the appointment of Andrew Dyer as Executive Vice President of Travel Partner Relations. Dyer will lead this new division of Navigatr Central Services working with partners across all Navigatr brands to drive improved partner relationships and outcomes including the sourcing of supplier inventories across all verticals including air, hotel, cruise, car rental, insurance, and tours & activities.Navigatr Group includes several travel brands – all of which are operated independently with separate leadership teams for each. This includes Kensington Tours, a luxury tour operator, Travel Edge Network, a luxury host network; Travel Edge, a leisure & corporate travel agency and Ensemble; a travel agency consortium; and TripArc, a travel technology company.
“With Navigatr’s travel volume exceeding $3 billion in 2022, we believe we can drive greater value and outcomes by centralizing the partner relations operations to ensure a more cohesive and holistic approach to working with our partners to drive greater value for our partners as well as our members,” said Jeff Willner, CEO of Navigatr Group. “We also want to ensure that we prioritize the relationships that are at the core of our business whether its members of our consortium, advisors in our host agency network, retail and corporate clients or our travel partner suppliers.In moving the procurement role and responsibilities from TripArc to Navigatr with the creation of this new position, TripArc will now focus solely on driving Navigatr’s proprietary travel technology platforms forward, including achieving improved revenue outcomes for its advisors who book travel on its platforms. This includes its proprietary technology and booking platform, ADX (Agent Digital Experience), that has played a key role in enhancing our members’ ability to build and sustain efficient, scalable and profitable enterprises.
In his new role, Dyer will also focus on enhancing Navigatr’s commitment to building deep, long-term relationships with its partners and to ensuring that each brand within the group understands the priorities of its partners and focuses on achieving those goals.“While I have worked in the travel industry for more than 17 years, what excites me about this opportunity is that it’s so relationship and people-centered,” said Dyer. “It’s not about the individual transactions that are made but about building relationships and working to ensure deeper understanding about the products that in turn create more meaningful travel experiences.”Dyer was most recently head of Expedia Group’s Global Connectivity & Partner Solutions team, with responsibility for connectivity strategy and commercial relationships with global distribution system (GDS) partners and other airline, car rental, hotel, and vacation rental connectivity providers. Dyer was with Expedia Group since 2006, previously serving as Vice President, Global Supply at Egencia, Expedia Group’s corporate travel management division, prior to its sale to American Express Global Business Travel.
Before that, he served in a variety of other roles at the company, including as the primary legal counsel for the company’s Tour & Transport Group, as a director of Strategy & Business Development for Lodging Partner Services and before that, as Corporate Counsel, in the Legal & Corporate Affairs team.Prior to joining Expedia Group, Dyer was an associate at Preston Gates & Ellis, LLP (now K&L Gates LLP). He earned his Juris Doctor degree from The University of Michigan Law School, graduated from Whitman College with a Bachelor of Arts in History, and holds an MACD in Commercial Diplomacy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. SOURCE: Navigatr Group press release.
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