BCD Travel hires industry veteran as sustainability chief

Olivia Ruggles-Brise tasked to spearhead environmental and sustainability commitment for the company.

Olivia Ruggles-Brise brings more than 20 years experience to her new role as vice-president of sustainability at BCD Travel.
Olivia Ruggles-Brise brings more than 20 years experience to her new role as vice-president of sustainability at BCD Travel.

BCD Travel has appointed Olivia Ruggles-Brise as vice-president of sustainability, with a remit to develop initiatives for the travel management company's six sustainability focus areas and engage with key stakeholders in the industry.

The six areas include governance, ethics and compliance, workplace practices, environment, sustainable procurement, service performance and charity and community support.

Ruggles-Brise has more than 20 years of experience in international travel, tourism, hospitality and events in a variety of strategic sustainability, communications, policy and research roles.

She was previously director for Greenview, a consulting and research firm that supports hospitality organisations in designing environmental, social and governance sustainability strategies. Prior to that Ruggles-Brise spent a decade at the World Travel & Tourism Council where she oversaw policy, strategy and sustainability work.

Commenting on her new role, Ruggles-Brise said: “I’m thrilled to bring my expertise in both travel and sustainability to BCD Travel at such a critical time in the current sustainability landscape. Among the top global travel management companies, BCD has taken the lead in sustainability and is committed to creating stronger ethical, social and environmental business practices for the benefit of future generations.”

BCD President and CEO John Snyder said: “Sustainability is at the core of everything we do. Olivia’s leadership and expertise will help us plot a course for the future of sustainability in the corporate travel industry. Our commitment goes beyond our environmental impact – we are taking broader accountability across our entire sustainability program.”

Ruggles-Brise replaces Kathy Jackson, who was vice president and executive chair, sustainability before announcing her retirement earlier this year. Ruggles-Brise will report directly to April Bridgeman, senior vice president at BCD Travel and managing director of Advito.



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