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Simon Gros Named

Travelport appoints Simon Gros vice president of government affairs for the Americas

eTN  Oct 06, 2008

NEW YORK, NY - Travelport Limited, the parent company of the Travelport group of companies, today announced that Simon Gros has been named vice president of Government Affairs based in Washington DC. In this role, Gros will focus on the Americas - US, Canada and Central and South America - and manage relationships with governments and organizations through strategic and tactical global public affairs programs. He will report to Dirk Vande Beek, senior vice president, Government Affairs.

"Having served numerous years in government affairs and particularly with his extensive and solid background working in the US Department of Transportation, Simon is a perfect fit for strengthening the Travelport brand within the government sectors in the Americas and among its public policy makers," said Dirk Vande Beek, Travelport's senior vice president, Government Affairs.

Gros joins Travelport from the US Department of Transportation (USDOT), where he held various roles of increasing responsibility since May 2004. Nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the US Senate, Gros most recently served as the Assistant Secretary for Transportation as the Secretary's primary advisor for all intergovernmental matters pertaining to the Department. Gros was responsible for developing aggressive governmental affairs strategies for various Departmental undertakings and was the principal point of contact between Congress and the Department of Transportation and its operating administrations.

Previously, Gros was Deputy Chief of Staff, serving as the Secretary's representative for policy development and coordination, both within the Department and with other agencies and the White House. In this role, he supported the Chief of Staff in managing all aspects of a federal agency with nearly 59,000 employees and a $58 billion annual budget. Prior to that, Gros held positions within the USDOT as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs and Associate Director, Office of Governmental Affairs serving as liaison between the Secretary of Transportation, Members of Congress from ten northeastern states and various agency modes.

Gros began his career on Capitol Hill working for the US Representative Frank A. LoBiondo as Staff Assistant, Legislative Correspondent and Legislative Aide advising the Congressman on a variety of issues including judiciary, telecommunications, banking, armed services and small business. He also served as Staff Director for the Congressional Gaming Caucus and worked with House Judiciary Committee staff to draft and pass "The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act," which was signed into law in 1998.

Travelport appoints Simon Gros vice president of government affairs for the Americas

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