GBTA Convention 2019 - Karen Hutchings

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Karen Hutchings

Global Head of Travel, Meetings & Events and Brand Marketing Procurement

Manages US$1.8 billion travel spend, approximately $400M in Meetings & Events spend and $250M in Brand Marketing Communication spend

Being seen as trusted business advisors and providing exceptional client service are key objectives of the team and the implementation of technology as enablers for EY travelers such as mobile APPs engaging with disruptors and looking at robotics to support cost saving initiatives and demonstrating brand value are the ongoing focus for the team  

The EY Travel, Meetings & Events team were named Team of the Year 2015 by Buying Business Travel Magazine, and ITM in 2017. Karen herself was recognized as the BTN Multinational Travel Manager of the Year and one of the top 25 most influential in the travel industry in 2015 and again more recently in 2018 as well as Travel Manager of the year 2018.

Prior to joining EY Karen lead the travel meetings & events team at AIG, was ASPAC and EMEIA Regional Travel Head at Citi and Global Head of Travel at Merrill Lynch

On a personal note … While running was always a passion, having run 26 marathons around the world, Karen now spends her spare time with her horses and Brian the goat!