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GBTA Announces Newly Elected Members to Global Board of Directors at GBTA Convention

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CHICAGO - The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)—the voice of the global business travel industry, announced five newly elected members to its global Board of Directors following the 2019 election during GBTA Convention in Chicago.

Bhart Sarin, Director, Procurement Operations and Travel, Corporate and North America, Ingredion Incorporated, will serve as the new GBTA President. Denise L. Truso, Global Procurement Category Lead Travel Meetings & Events, Abbott will serve as the new GBTA Vice President. Sarin and Truso and, were elected by GBTA Direct Members and will serve two-year terms. Rita Visser, Director Global Travel Sourcing and GPO for Oracle and Gloria Gonzalez, Director of Travel and Meeting Services for Freeman, will serve as the new Direct Members at Large and will serve for a term of three years.

The GBTA Allied Members elected Will Pinnell, Vice President, Global Product Strategy for BCD Travel, as an the new Allied Member at Large. He will serve a two-year term.

The GBTA Chapter Presidents' Council (CPC) elected Mark Ziegler to serve as the president of the CPC. Ziegler will serve a two-year term, beginning today and will also sit on the GBTA global Board of Directors. Also, Anne Blyth of CWT was elected to serve as the CPC's Vice President and Bonnie Brabb, Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. was elected to serve as Secretary Treasurer.

GBTA would like to thank all of these volunteers for their dedication and commitment to the future success of GBTA.

About the Global Business Travel Association

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world's premier business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. GBTA's members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA delivers world-class education, events, research, advocacy, and media to a growing global network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts.

About the GBTA Foundation

The mission of the GBTA Foundation, the US 501c3 charitable arm of GBTA, is to help the global business travel industry create a positive impact and a better future for people and the planet. The GBTA Foundation focuses on the strategy and execution of GBTA's global sustainability programs, supporting initiatives related to climate action; diversity, equity and inclusion; and other talent-related topics via education, research and advocacy.

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