Chief Executive Officer (CEO) HRS GroupLinkedIn
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 “Top 20” 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.
HRS Group Board
Chief People Officer (CPO), Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Business Travel ClubLinkedIn
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'Oréal. She studied business administration, marketing & entrepreneurship at the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany.
Chief Information Officer (CIO)LinkedIn
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.
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Björn 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 Group’s catering business in the DACH region. Prior to that Björn 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. Björn holds a Masters degree from Maastricht University where he studied International Management.
HRS Executive Committee
SVP Global Supplier RelationsLinkedIn
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 Group’s most important growth region – 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 ‘HRS veteran’, between 1997 and 2010 Lukasz was associated with Marriott International as senior commercial leader across multiple European destinations. He’s 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.
SVP Hotel SolutionsLinkedIn
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.
SVP Enterprise SolutionsLinkedIn
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.
Chief Product Officer (CPO)LinkedIn
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 HRS’ 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.
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)LinkedIn
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.
Dr. Sébastien Foucaud
Chief Data Officer (CDO)LinkedIn
As Chief Data Officer, Dr. Sébastien Foucaud oversees all data-related functions of the HRS Group, such as data analytics, business intelligence and data architecture, and drives the companies’ 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.
SVP Strategic AccountsLinkedIn
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 Amadeus’ 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.
Chief Growth Officer Payment SolutionsLinkedIn
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 “Innovator of the Year” 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 HRS’ Sydney office, and is a dual citizen of Australia and the USA.
Luca De Angelis
Vice President Booking SolutionsLinkedIn
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.
Executive Director MarketingLinkedIn
Tobias Bittner is the Executive Director of Marketing for HRS. He oversees marketing operations and strategy for the company’s 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 HRS’ business traveler loyalty program. Bittner also guided HRS’ 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'Oréal. With a degree from the European Business School in Oestrich-WInkel, Germany, Bittner is based at HRS’ global headquarters in Cologne.
Managing Director Meetings and GroupsLinkedIn
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 Singapore’s. 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.
Managing Director IndiaLinkedIn
Neelu Singh has over 27 years of rich and meritorious experience with the 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
Managing Director JapanLinkedIn
Yoshi is the managing director for HRS Japan and Korea. His primary goal is to enable hotel BTM by working with corporates, hotels, OBEs, TMCs and GDS by offering HRS’ end-to-end platform solution. Prior to joining HRS in 2017, Yoshi was a management consultant at Roland Berger at Detroit Office, and Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company) at Tokyo Office. During his consultant years, he worked with global electronics manufactures, auto OEMs and suppliers, heavy machinery manufactures and pharmaceutical companies for mid- to long-term growth strategy and turn-around projects. Education: University of Michigan (MBA), Indiana University (BA)
Managing Director Greater ChinaLinkedIn
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.
Managing Director LATAMLinkedIn
Aline Bueno is a 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. She 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.
Managing Director AustraliaLinkedIn
Ana Pedersen, HRS’ 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 travel’s 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.