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Carlson Wagonlit Travel hires new CIO

Global travel firm Carlson Wagonlit Travel has appointed Kevin O'Connor as its executive vice president and chief information officer

Global travel firm Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) has appointed Kevin O'Connor as its executive vice president and chief information officer.

O'Connor, formerly CIO at online gambling firm Paddy Power and, more recently, at the technology arm of NYSE Euronext, has the task of delivering innovation through IT to his new employer.

In his new role, O'Connor is a member of the CWT executive team and reports to Douglas Anderson, the company's president and chief executive. In a move coinciding with O'Connor's appointment, the company has also consolidated its IT and product delivery teams under the CIO role.

According to Carlson Wagonlit, the company is also adapting to the ways in which travellers use technology within business travel and is finding that IT is a crucial component of driving innovation.

“The industry is going through a big evolutionary step with IT not only playing a key role in integrating and automating the many global systems and processes more effectively, but where the innovative and carefully targeted application of technology can and will create clear differentiation between the major players’ offerings to their clients," O'Connor said.

"It is a great opportunity to be part of this market-leading company as it applies the best technologies and practices"

Prior to joining Paddy Power, O'Connor held a number of senior IT roles at financial services firms such as MSCI Barra, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank.

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