Michael McCormick has decided to step down as executive director and COO of the Global Business Travel Association, effective immediately, to pursue other opportunities. He will remain in an advisory role with the organization, helping to ensure a smooth transition to his replacement, former GBTA Allied Leadership Council president Scott Solombrino, through the upcoming GBTA Convention in August.
Just two weeks ago, Solombrino stepped down as president and CEO of Dav El/Boston Coach Chauffeured Transportation Network after a 43-year tenure. At the time, Solombrino said he was leaving to focus on his leadership roles in the ground transportation industry and to write a memoir.
McCormick's departure comes after nearly a decade leading the organization. Since he took the reins in August 2009, GBTA has tripled its membership and doubled its operating revenue. McCormick has been instrumental in the organization's international growth, as well as a frequently quoted voice on national issues affecting the business-travel industry.
"The Global Business Travel Association sincerely thanks Mike for his leadership and for his meaningful contributions for the advancement of our organization," said Christle Johnson, vice president of travel and business services at Johnson Downie, and president of the GBTA board. "When selecting the most qualified individual to serve as executive director and COO, the board of directors could not have chosen anyone more experienced, knowledgeable and respected than Scott. We gratefully appreciate his willingness to take on this pivotal role, and the board is absolutely confident that Scott will lead GBTA into the future with great accomplishment, distinction and success."
Solombrino served for more than two decades as a board member and president of the GBTA Allied Leadership Council. He has been an outspoken critic of ride-sharing services and a prominent advocate of ground-transportation safety and security. He was co-founder and four-term past president of the National Limousine Association, and he has leadership roles with both Ride Safe Massachusetts and Ride Responsibly.
Dorothy Dowling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Best Western Hotels & Resorts, steps in to replace Solombrino as president of the Allied Leadership Council. She was formerly the council's president.