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HRS Management Team

Meet the pioneers of tomorrow’s corporate travel

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Tobias Ragge
Tobias Ragge

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) HRS Group

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Tobias Ragge has been managing the second-generation, family-owned company since March 2008. He joined HRS as Executive Assistant in 2004 and took on various positions within the company as CMO and CSO for global supplier management in the following years. In his role as Chief Executive Officer, Tobias Ragge has transformed the HRS Group into a global company consisting of three business units with multiple brands and operating in over 35 countries. As a pioneer in the business travel industry, he was a leading contributor in reshaping the global corporate lodging business – now the global focus of HRS. HRS has invested heavily in the expansion of what is now the most innovative end-2end solution in the corporate business travel sector. In 2018, Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Europe recognized Ragge as one of the ÔÇťTop 20ÔÇŁ achievers in Europe. In 2014, 2016 and 2018 he was named one of the 25 most influential executives in the business travel industry by the BTN Group, the leading provider of news and information serving the business travel industry.

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Alexandra Barth
Alexandra Barth

Chief People Officer (CPO), Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Business Travel Club

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As Chief Executive Officer of HRS Business Travel Club, Alexandra Barth is responsible for the success of the portals HRS.de and HOTEL.de. As Chief People Officer, she is also responsible for the entire Human Resources division of the HRS Group. She joined the company in 2011 and, after holding various management positions in strategic brand management, marketing and communications, was most recently responsible for the strategic and operational management of the hotel booking platforms HRS.de and HOTEL.de. Prior to HRS, Alexandra held various management positions, including product & brand marketing at L'Or├ęal. She studied business administration, marketing & entrepreneurship at the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany.

Jochen Jaser
Jochen Jaser

Chief Information Officer (CIO)

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Jochen Jaser is responsible for product management and software development, as well as the worldwide operation and expansion of HRS IT infrastructure. Prior to joining HRS, Jaser served as chief technology officer at BearingPoint Software Solutions, overseeing international product development and managed services for large financial institutions and banking supervision. He previously helmed Matrix42 AG as CEO, leading business and international expansion into 30 countries. He also acted as a CTO at update4u Software AG, where he drove product strategy.

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Bj├Ârn Walther
Bj├Ârn Walther

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Bj├Ârn Walther is responsible for all finance related matters as well as the legal, compliance and procurement departments of the HRS Group. He joined HRS in February 2021 from SSP where he was responsible as Managing Director and CFO for the growth and development of the GroupÔÇÖs catering business the in the DACH region. Prior to that Bj├Ârn held different management positions in the tourism industry, including CEO and CFO roles. He also spent several years at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants focusing on the transportation sector. Bj├Ârn holds a Masters degree from Maastricht University where he studied International Management.

Bodo Thielmann
Bodo Thielmann

Chief Executive Officer DS, Destination Solutions GmbH / Managing Director

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Dr. Bodo Thielmann is CEO and responsible for the strategic development and operational management of DS Destination Solutions, the vacation rental segment of HRS Group, and a member of the HRS Group Management Board. He has 20+ years of experience in the areas of strategy and operational business development, finance and investments, as well as industry-specific know-how in online travel and many other digital business models. After positions at the headquarters of Deutsche Telekom and the Bertelsmann Group he helped building and expanding the digital portfolio of the Axel Springer Group as COO Electronic Media and Head of New Investments Marketing & Classifieds Division. Since 2016 he has been working in the online travel industry, as Chief Finance & Investment Officer, he led the buy and build expansion of @Leisure Group (Belvilla, DanCenter, TUI Ferienhaus and Traum-Ferienwohnungen) into a leading tour operator and listing platform for vacation rentals in Europe which has renamed OYO Vacation Homes Group since OYO's takeover in 2019. Since summer 2020 he is heading HRS Group┬┤s vacation rental division DS Destination Solutions as CEO.

Lukasz Dabrowski
Lukasz Dabrowski

Senior Vice President Global Supplier Relations

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As Senior Vice President Global Supplier Relations, Lukasz Dabrowski is responsible for HRS partnerships with largest global hotel organizations and connectivity partners. Until late 2020, he was overseeing the entire HRS Asia-Pacific region as SVP based out of Tokyo, developing business opportunities between hotel partners and corporations in HRS GroupÔÇÖs most important growth region ÔÇô and efficiently managing the impact of the pandemic. Earlier, between 2015 and 2018 Lukasz was in charge of international hotel and connectivity partnerships, operating out of HRS Group HQ in Cologne. He joined the company back in 2010 as Managing Director for the regional office in Warsaw, spearheading the dynamic growth of the Central-Eastern Europe. Prior to becoming an ÔÇśHRS veteranÔÇÖ, between 1997 and 2010 Lukasz was associated with Marriott International as senior commercial leader across multiple European destinations. HeÔÇÖs been a popular speaker and panelist at Business Travel Show, Global Lodging Forum, ACTE and GBTA conventions, Corporate Lodging Forums and other leading industry events worldwide.

Veit Fuhrmeister
Veit Fuhrmeister

Senior Vice President Global Hotel Solutions

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Veit Fuhrmeister has spent more than 20 years developing expertise in digital marketing, sales and innovation and is now heading the Global Hotel Solutions department. Initially, he joined HRS to oversee the organization's hotel partnerships in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and was then responsible for the entire EMEA region. Prior to HRS, he spent six years as senior director of Central Europe & Eastern Europe for all brands at Expedia Inc. He also held various roles within the hospitality industry at companies including Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs Group, Hospitality Engineering, Apavou Hotels Resorts & Spas, Exclusive Hotels and Accor.

Marco DÔÇÖIlario
Marco DÔÇÖIlario

Senior Vice President Global Enterprise Solutions

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Marco D'Ilario currently leads the corporate-client-facing segment of HRS globally. Prior to that role, he was responsible for corporate clients within EMEA and led the development of HRS sourcing solutions, one of the company's growth drivers. D'Ilario has more than 20 years of experience in various executive positions in the tourism and transportation industry. Prior to joining HRS in 2014, he held senior positions within the Alitalia Group as senior director of US and Mexico sales, VP of international sales and operations cargo, and VP of sales for Italy. D'Ilario is a graduate of Luiss University of Rome.

Hubert Frach
Hubert Frach

Senior Vice President Strategic Accounts & Channel Management

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Hubert Frach joined HRS as SVP Global Strategic Accounts and Channel Partnerships in August 2021. He is a globally respected growth leader in the travel industry. Before joining HRS, Hubert spent 7 years with Emirates Airline, where he held commercial responsibility for the passenger business in the Americas, Europe and Africa, and also built the Global Sales organization, developing sales and distribution to all global client segments and channels. Prior to that, Hubert was associated for more than 20 years with Lufthansa where he led the global marketing and customer engagement strategy, he also worked in various Managing Director roles in France, Scandinavia and Italy. As a truly global citizen, Hubert Frach is now based in Houston, and leads a team of Global Program Managers and the Roll-out and Customer Success Management units for the strategic accounts of HRS. Hubert is holding a degree in Business Administration of the Free University in Berlin and a Masters of Management degree of Mc Gill University, Montreal.

Jason Long
Jason Long

Senior Vice President Business Development

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Jason Long oversees a global team of sales and business travel experts, targeting multi-national corporations with significant lodging expenditures to expand HRS sales worldwide. Prior to joining HRS in 2012, Long held various management positions in the travel and technology industries, including for Amadeus IT Group, where he was responsible for the global expansion of AmadeusÔÇÖ corporate business. He is currently a member and speaker for the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). Jason Long holds a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng in Electronic Engineering) from King's College, University of London, and an MBA from IEDE Business School Madrid.

Ingo Glawe
Ingo Glawe

Senior Vice President Procurement Solutions

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Ingo Glawe joined HRS family in September 2021 as Senior Vice President Procurement Solution. He has an extensive record in the management consultancy business and service industry with more than 20 years of experience holding several senior positions in different countries in North and South America. Ingo spent the last 10 years working as a Partner for Porsche Consulting where he developed the regional business in the mobility segment dealing with transport solutions, airlines and aircraft manufacturers. He is graduated in Business Administration with a MBA in Strategic and Economic Management in Projects and has participated in different executive courses at IESE and London Business School. Nowadays is based in HRSÔÇÖ Cologne office, and is a dual citizen of Germany and Brazil.

Martin Biermann
Martin Biermann

Chief Product Officer (CPO)

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Martin Biermann leads a global team of product and IT professionals to deliver smart and innovative solutions in the areas of data management, sourcing and audit, search and booking, and payments for HRSÔÇÖ global customer base. Biermann is a serial startup entrepreneur and held various technology leadership positions in digital economy companies, including Rocket Internet, Dropbox and Evernote. He is a member of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Technology Committee and is a regular speaker on digital innovation at global industry events hosted by GBTA and The BTN Group.

Dr. S├ębastien Foucaud
Dr. S├ębastien Foucaud

Chief Data Officer (CDO)

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As Chief Data Officer, Dr. S├ębastien Foucaud oversees all data-related functions of the HRS Group, such as data analytics, business intelligence and data architecture, and drives the companiesÔÇÖ data strategy. In this function, he is also jointly responsible for product development at HRS in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Prior to joining HRS, he was as Vice President Data Science responsible for the data strategy of XING SE. He is a proven expert in the fields of Big Data, Data Science and Machine Learning and has a deep experience in providing a personalized and user-centric customer journey. He has been working in the ecommerce segment since 2015 with positions at Naspers/OLX, Scout24 and heycar.

Sven Krahn
Sven Krahn

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

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Sven Krahn is responsible for driving the HRS software development organization in PD/IT with sites in Shanghai, Kiev, Warsaw, Berlin, Nuremberg and Cologne. He joined HRS from 1&1 IONOS, where he served as CTO since January 2017. He has more than two decades of experience in IT and infrastructure, having held executive- and director-level positions at 1&1 Internet, eBay, Meinestadt.de and Unister. He has a Masters degree in Business Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe.

Kurt Knackstedt
Kurt Knackstedt

Chief Growth Officer Payment Solutions

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Kurt Knackstedt joined HRS as Chief Growth Officer for Payment Solutions in June 2021. A globally-respected travel and payment expert, Mr. Knackstedt came to HRS after six years as CEO of Troovo Technologies. Under his leadership, Australia-based Troovo grew its worldwide client base and won awards, including the 2018 ÔÇťInnovator of the YearÔÇŁ honor for their groundbreaking work on virtual credit cards and automated B2B payment processing. Prior to Troovo, he led the global travel and expense category for Rio Tinto, a prominent mining industry company, from their Singapore location. Mr. Knackstedt is a committed advocate for the managed travel community, having served on the Executive Board of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) for eight years, including a term as President from 2014-17. He has also served in executive roles for American Express, Rosenbluth International and Travelport across his career. A Chicago native, Mr. Knackstedt is based in HRSÔÇÖ Sydney office, and is a dual citizen of Australia and the USA.

Luca De Angelis
Luca De Angelis

Vice President Booking Solutions

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Luca De Angelis joined HRS family in 2013 with a variety of increasing management responsibilities and leadership roles from Corporate Sales up to Markets management. After leading the expansion of HRS Group within both the Italian and Spanish market, he was responsible for Southern and Eastern European region acting as Regional Managing Director. Graduated in Business Management and with an Executive Master from ESADE Business School in Barcelona Luca has got more than 15years experience in Travel and Transportation industry holding several senior positions in sales and working for Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Meridiana.

Fritz Oberhummer
Fritz Oberhummer

Vice President Supplier Solutions

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In his position as Vice President, Supplier Solutions, Fritz Oberhummer holds the global responsibility for the Supplier facing connectivity & content and coming next-generation Supplier platform of HRS. He joined the company in October 2021 and has extensive knowledge of both tourism (15+ years in the hospitality industry) and technology (in an 18-year timespan). Before he joined HRS he has held various positions within Expedia GroupÔÇÖs B2B division ÔÇťExpedia Partner ServicesÔÇŁ, focusing on strategic global corporation with Third-Party Travel Technology providers. Furthermore, he has a successful track-record of working in the fields of Web-Development/Usability Design, E-commerce projects, being a Startup founder (with successful exit) and Online Marketing (SEO, SEM, Display etc).

Lexi Benakis
Lexi Benakis

Vice President Procurement Consulting

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Lexi Benakis brings over 20 years of experience in both Silicon Valley tech start-ups and the corporate travel industry. She has worked in solutions development and corporate hotel procurement for SAP and UBS and served in multiple leadership roles for American Express and BCD Travel. Lexi joined HRS in June 2019, led the Americas Procurement Consulting team, as well as leading North America as Interim Co-Managing Director, and became VP, Procurement Consulting in February 2021. She is a very active volunteer in the industry serving on GBTAÔÇÖs Technology Committee from 2016-19, and was subsequently named Vice Chair of that same committee. Ms. Benakis is an industry thought leader, has written op-eds, contributed to articles in leading publications, and has appeared on hospitality-related panels for Travel Industry events.

Tobias Bittner
Tobias Bittner

Executive Director Marketing

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Tobias Bittner is the Executive Director of Marketing for HRS. He oversees marketing operations and strategy for the companyÔÇÖs global Lodging as a Service platform, targeting the corporate hospitality ecosystem by managing content, communications, events and partnerships. Bittner joined HRS in 2017, ascending to his current role after serving in several branding and marketing engagement positions supporting the HRS Group. Prior to driving the launch of the Lodging as a Service platform, he was instrumental to introducing HRSÔÇÖ business traveler loyalty program. Bittner also guided HRSÔÇÖ marketing engagement transition during the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighted by the staging of multiple Corporate Lodging Forums online in early 2021. Before joining HRS, Bittner held senior marketing roles Esprit and L'Or├ęal. With a degree from the European Business School in Oestrich-WInkel, Germany, Bittner is based at HRSÔÇÖ global headquarters in Cologne.

Sven Schroebler
Sven Schroebler

Director Booking Solutions

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Sven Schroebler is responsible for the product strategy in HRS Booking platforms and leads multiple global end-to-end teams consisting of product, data and software professionals. Sven is an experienced digital leader with extensive background in strategic management consulting. He worked at industry leading consulting companies, i.e. Accenture Strategy and Roland Berger, where he led complex digital transformation initiatives for leading European Insuring companies, banks as well industrial manufacturers. Sven holds a Master's degree from Münster where he studied in Information Systems at the WWU and has completed executive education programs by INSEAD on Business Strategy and Innovation.

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Emmanuel Ebray
Emmanuel Ebray

Managing Director Meetings and Groups

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Emmanuel Ebray leads the development of innovative solutions in the field of Meetings & Groups. He started off in HRS as Managing Director France early 2011 and was most recently in charge of South East Asia, India and South Korea as Managing Director seated in the SingaporeÔÇÖs. A graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Lyon, Emmanuel Ebray started his career in the functions of management and logistics consulting and production in France, Italy and Morocco within industrial groups such as Bic, Boiron and Yves Rocher. In 2002, he turned to consulting positions in strategy, marketing and sales, working for large leading companies, in the field of Manufacturing, Services and Hospitality (like Accor). In 2008, Emmanuel Ebray was responsible for development affairs segments, leisure and MICE as Sales Director Western Europe of Choice Hotels International.

Massimo Tripodi
Massimo Tripodi

Managing Director Southern Europe

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Massimo has 20+ years experience in Consulting and IT corporations. He has deep expertise in leading sales teams for SaaS, Analytics, and Application Integration products and services.

Neelu Singh
Neelu Singh

Managing Director India, Korea and Japan

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Over 27 years of rich and meritorious experience with Travel Industry across Geographies and businesses. Neelu has strong industry domain knowledge with excellent understanding of technology in order to respond to the New-Age-Digital-Consumer. Large part of her career has been holding critical roles in Corporate & Online Travel World. She is no stranger to a startup environment – she started her previous organization, Ezeego1, back in 2005 and was at the helm of affairs for 14 years to firmly establish the brand in the B2B market across geographies as CEO of the group. Prior to that, she has held multiple roles within Kuoni Travel Group in India. An entrepreneurial mindset with astute Financial and Analytical capability meshed with a keen appreciation of customer and employee expectations and aspirations. Have been able to integrate aggressive business plans and maintain a healthy brand equity. Neelu is a fan of applying technology & data to exceed the fast-moving customer expectations

Mike Ding
Mike Ding

Managing Director Greater China

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As Managing Director, Mike Ding is responsible for the sales, business relationship development, hotels and partners for HRS in Greater China since 2019. Before that, Mike has served several key regional positions as Managing Director North Asia for BlackBerry, Senior Director SAP Concur, Regional VP North Asia for Aspect, Senior Regional Director APAC for Siemens Enterprise, HP & DEC, etc. Mike holds a Bachelor of science of Applied Math from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Aline Bueno
Aline Bueno

Managing Director LATAM

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Business leader with over 15 years of experience in Sales & Account Management with SAAS Solutions in the business travel industry, leading people, and implementing processes in both national and international environments. Aline began her career in the corporate travel community at companies such as São Paulo Convention & Visitors Bureau, São Paulo Turismo, Marriott & ALAGEV (LATAM Business Travel Association). Worked as a Sales & Marketing Manager at Argo Solutions and Business Development Specialist at SAP Concur. She joined HRS in 2015 as Key Account Manager for LATAM, was promoted to Director of Sales & Management in 2018, and Managing Director for HRS LATAM in 2020. Graduated in Tourism and post-graduated in Business Management (ESPM), recently studied Digital Business at Digital School.

Ana Pedersen
Ana Pedersen

Managing Director Australia

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Ana Pedersen, HRSÔÇÖ Managing Director of Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, joined the company in July 2019. Ms. Pedersen has worked in managed travel for more than two decades, serving in executive roles for travel management across Australia and the United States. Before joining HRS, she spent two years as Global Director of Sales & Marketing for QBT, a leading Australian TMC. Prior to that, Ms. Pedersen worked for 14 years with BCD Travel, where she attained the role of Vice President – Global Hotel Strategy. During her time with BCD, she worked in three of business travelÔÇÖs most prominent markets – Australia, Singapore and the United States. Earlier in her career, Ms. Pedersen served in sales and service roles with Qantas Airways. She works in Sydney, overseeing her team of 60+ corporate hotel experts in Australia and New Zealand.

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