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TUESDAY, 18 JULY 2017

Billy McDonough Named FCM Travel Solutions President for the Americas

With Two-Plus Decades of Flight Centre Expertise McDonough’s Proven Track Record Lends Itself to Projected Success & Marked Growth within His Expanded Role


New York, NY -- Billy McDonough has been named FCM Travel Solutions President for the Americas, effective immediately. This new role comes after measured and noteworthy success during his tenure as the FCM USA Brand Leader. McDonough has seen the brand through many new partnerships and technological enhancements over the last five years as led FCM in the USA. In his new post he will look to share the best practices and create strategic synergies amongst the markets under his leadership, which now include the USA, Canada, Mexico and Argentina.

McDonough started with Flight Centre in 1996 as a travel consultant, a role he continues to have a great deal of admiration for. He has worked across the corporate, leisure and procurement divisions of the company, having held a number of executive positions, including president of the iconic Liberty Travel brand in the USA. In his twenty-plus years with Flight Centre his colleagues have consistently applauded his collaborative approach that has resulted in tight-knit, hard-working, successful teams who appreciate his leadership. McDonough has a razor-sharp focus on both retention and driving results, all while maintaining a sense of humor that make him incredibly approachable. In 2012 McDonough's work ethic, results and overall positive way of being were recognized with his induction into the Flight Centre Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed only on three people per year from the global pool of associates which totals over 18,000.

“Billy's unique sense of humor, wit and uncanny way of understanding the human psyche have been a breath of fresh air at all times. Having his thought leadership, guidance and structure over these key markets will be invaluable,” said President Charlene Leiss, Flight Centre Corporate Brands. "I place the utmost confidence in Billy's leadership abilities, and know he can take the FCM Americas region to new heights with his 'One Best Way' principles, focus on retention and special ability to lead people and drive results through times of tremendous growth and change."

McDonough, who will ultimately be in charge of nearly 400 employees, will continue to work very closely with Marcus Eklund, FCM Global Brand Leader and Maren Hanschke, Manager of FCM's Latin America network, to implement successful operational, account management and BDM team-based structures for the entire region.

Media Contact:
Carla Caccavale, 914-673-0729,CarlaCaccavalePR@gmail.com

NOTE : During GBTA McDonough will be available for interviews. Contact Carla Caccavale (above) to schedule.

About FCM Travel Solutions

FCM Travel Solutions is one of the world's leading corporate travel and expense management consultancies. The brand has been recognized as the World's Leading Travel Management Company for the fourth consecutive year (September 2016). It creates strategic business travel programs for all types of companies across all sectors. FCM Travel Solutions blends global presence with local, flexible and personal service, and provides end-to-end corporate travel and expense management solutions. With a regionally focused international network of travel partners spanning over 90 countries, FCM Travel Solutions helps minimize the costs of business travel. Better travel ideas. Greater savings. www.us.fcm.travel

About Corporate Traveler

Corporate Traveler offers trifecta of expert advice, personal service and global negotiating strength to maximize travel cost savings. The years of expertise and product knowledge come together to deliver airfare and accommodation options that have an impressive, positive impact on the bottom line and the overall travel experience. Each client is assigned a dedicated travel manager who will grow with the business needs and changes, developing a thorough understanding of individual company"s travel requirements and policies. The 24-hour customer assistance team provides around-the-clock emergency support that is priceless when needed. Corporate Traveler is one of the brands of Flight Centre Travel Group, the Americas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Australia-based Flight Centre Travel Group, with massive, worldwide buying power and contracts; www.corporatetraveler.us.

About Campus Travel

Campus Travel serves the travel needs of the higher-learning academic community. The brand, which debuted in Australia originally, launched in the USA market in July 2015. Campus Travel offers complete travel management and cost-containment solutions for the academic community across the country"s 2,800-plus universities and colleges. The brand"s travel consultants provide an expertise and understanding of the unique needs of academia travelers and management. Higher-education institutions, research/grant faculties and collegiate sports benefit from the brand"s focus on delivering smarter value, with competitive rates on air, hotels, car and ancillary services utilizing the company"s supplier relationships, reach and buying strength. Faculty, staff and students have peace of mind knowing that Campus Travel USA offers a full suite of expert advice, boutique service, 24/7/365 global support, savings initiatives, technology, policy compliance and reporting. Campus Travel USA joins sister brands under Flight Centre Travel Group"s corporate umbrella including FCM Travel Solutions, Corporate Traveler, Stage and Screen Travel Services, cievents and Travel Associates.