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 Board of Directors and Officers Elected for
OpenTravel(TM) Alliance for 2005-2006


WASHINGTON, June 1, 2005 - As it embarks on its 7th year, the OpenTravel(TM) Alliance announces its Board of Directors and Officers for 2005-2006 for each of the respective industry verticals.


  • Anne Cole, VP Distribution & Content Delivery, Hilton Hotels Corporation
  • Lisa Fues, Director of Reservations, Inventory and Distribution, Marriott International
  • Mike Kistner, Senior Vice President of Operations and Technology at Pegasus Solutions and Partner at BASK
  • Ron Anderson-Lehman, Senior Vice President and CIO, Continental Airlines
  • Ravi Gundimeda, Director Application Development, United Airlines
  • Daniel Henry, Managing Director Customer Technology, American Airlines
  • Chris Stanley, Senior Director of Electronic Distribution, America West Airlines
  • John Turato, Vice President of Technology, Cendant Car Rental Group
  • James White, Director, Global Automation Marketing, The Hertz Corporation
Travel Integration:
  • Rahim Amlani, Director of Product Management, Sidestep
  • Corey Ladd, Director of Product Marketing, Sabre Holdings
  • Gianni Cataldo, Vice President Product Solutions, Worldspan
  • Alan Young, Chief Marketing Officer, Hotel Information Systems
The following individuals were elected to OTA Officer Positions:
  • Chair - John Turato
  • Vice Chair - Ron Anderson-Lehman
  • Treasurer - Rahim Amlani
Turato assumes the position of Chair following Mike Kistner who served as Chair for 4 years. At the annual OTA Advisory Forum held in May, Kistner received the Tom Grubbs Award, OTA's highest award that recognizes an individual who has contributed greatly to the success of the organization.

"The OTA stands poised to continue building on its past success," stated Mike Kistner. "Our dynamic leadership comprised of these outstanding individuals will no doubt ensure that we accomplish the strategic objectives of the OTA."

About the OTA:

The OpenTravel(TM) Alliance is dedicated to the creation, expansion, and adoption of open universal data specifications empowering the travel industry to take full advantage of eCommerce opportunities. The OTA's mission is to transform the travel industry into one global supermarket of products and services. This will be realized through development of a commonly accepted communications process using XML.

The OpenTravel(TM) Alliance's membership is comprised of more than 150 companies representing all sectors of the travel industry, including air, car, cruise, rail, hotel, travel agencies, and tour operators.  In addition, the OTA has partnerships with many industry organizations including the Air Transport Association (ATA), American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association (HEDNA), National Business Travel Association (NBTA), Computerized Airline Sales & Marketing Association (CASMA), and the Travel Technology Initiative (TTI).


OpenTravel(TM) Alliance
Graham S. Hauck
Executive Director

Also See: AH&MA and Open Travel Alliance Sign Five-year Agreement to Provide Ongoing Cooperation in the Development of Technology Standards / Oct 2000
OpenTravel Alliance Participating in HTNG Property/Distribution Solution Workgroup / July 2004

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