High-profile travel and meetings executive at Hewlett-Packard Co. Kevin Iwamoto has joined StarCite Inc., Philadelphia, in the newly created position of vice president, enterprise strategy. He will be responsible for directing StarCiteâ€™s approach to engaging with buyers and suppliers.
Iwamoto brings 20 years of experience in the travel industry to the job, including the last 10 years running HPâ€™s $1.2 billion global travel and meetings program as global commodity manager. The program directs air travel, corporate cards, hotels, ground transportation, and meeting programs, and uses StarCiteâ€™s Web-based solutions to strategically manage meetings and events.
Iwamoto served as president of the National Business Travel Association Board of Directors from 2001-2003 and as past president/chairman from 2003-2004. He received that associationâ€™s Presidentâ€™s Award in 2004.
Iwamoto says he hopes to use his role at StarCite â€śto raise awareness of the benefits ofâ€ť and technologyâ€™s part in that process. â€śThrough my years as a travel and meetings manager at HP,â€ť said Iwamoto in a statement, â€śI can appreciate the importance of implementing a strategic meetings management program and the role that technology plays in this crucial area of travel spend.â€ť
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