Washington (ots-PRNewswire) - Universal Air Travel Plan, Inc.
(UATP) announced the election of a new Board of Directors effective
07 November 2000. The 10 board members were introduced to UATP
member airlines at the company's Annual Conference on 08 November
2000 in Las Vegas. The board, elected from a pool of shareholder
airlines, is the first elected board in the company's history.
Previously, the UATP Board of Management, comprised of the largest
UATP members, served as the governing body for the joint venture.
Since incorporating this past September, however, the Board of
Directors performs that role.
Three seats each, for US and Non-US carriers with the largest UATP
program in volume, three at-large seats available to carries with
any size UATP program and the President of UATP comprise the 10
members of the Board of Directors. Following are the newly elected
* Richard Crum, UATP President and Chairman of the Board, has
been with the company for four years and is the chief executive
responsible for the overall brand development, membership growth and
strategic direction of the international airline industry corporate
charge card program.
* Glenn Schultz, Managing Director of Corporate Receivables for
American Airlines, had been a member of the UATP Board of Management
for two years and served as last year's Vice-Chairman.
* D. Jim Young, Managing Director of Distribution Planning for
Continental Airlines, is a new member to the Board. Young also serves
as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Open
Travel Alliance and Chairman of the Electronic Marketplace Committee
for the Air Transport Association of America.
* P. Gary Smedile, Director of Credit Operations for Trans World
Airlines, had been a member of the UATP Board of Management last year
and is a 27-year veteran of the airline industry.
* Marc T. Krohn, Director of Receivables and Customer Support for
United Airlines, employed with United since 1992, has served in
various positions of responsibility analyzing strategic business
* Kieron Gavan, General Manager Global Distribution for British
Airways, is a new member to the board. He served in various
management roles at British Airways and is spearheading the re-launch
of its UATP program.
* Shigeyuki Kamei, Director of Passenger Marketing for Japan
Airlines, had been on the UATP Board of Management for two years.
Employed with Japan Airlines for 19 years, he also serves as the
Director of International Affairs.
* Marc Lammens, General Manager of Traxxer Corporate Services by
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, previously served on the UATP Board of
Management where one of his main interests was and continues to be
supporting business development.
* Michael Peine, Managing Director of Lufthansa AirPlus
Servicekarten GmbH, joined AirPlus in early 2000 and has a background
with Citibank Diners as the Head of Marketing and Sales Departments.
* Klaus Stapel, Manager of Credit Card Accounting for Swissair,
had been on the UATP Board of Management for over three years and
most recently served as Chairman of that board.
Richard Crum, UATP President and Chairman of the Board, said, "We
feel honored to have the intelligence and experience represented by
these members on the first elected UATP Board of Directors. A change
in the board structure since the company's incorporation last
September allows carriers with any size UATP program to be elected
to the board. This change will allow for a more complete
representation of the UATP product and its member airlines, dedicated
to promoting growth and development, in the decision-making process.
UATP has undergone tremendous growth in the past year with the
guidance of the Board of Management and we anticipate maintaining a
full-speed ahead approach to business with our new representation."
Universal Air Travel Plan Inc., formerly known as the Air Travel
Card(R), is the world's first business travel payment system. Founded
in 1936, UATP was an early innovator and pioneer in the charge card
industry, developing such industry standards as the magnetic strip
and lodged accounts. Owned and operated by each card-issuing
airline, it offers the lowest administrative cost of any charge
product. With annual global billings of over US$8 billion,
multi-national corporations utilize UATP to better manage their
travel expenses. Airlines currently issuing UATP accounts include
Aer Lingus, Air New Zealand (ANZBF), Alitalia, Ansett Australia,
American Airlines (AMR), British Airways (BAB), Continental (CAL),
Delta Air Lines (DAL), Japan Airlines (JAPNY), KLM Royal Dutch
Airlines (KLM), Lufthansa German Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines
System, Swissair, Trans World Airlines (TWA), United Airlines (UAL)
and US Airways (U). For more information on UATP, please visit
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