Jeffrey Katz

Founding Chairman and CEO, Orbitz and CEO
Journera

Jeffrey Katz Founding Chairman and CEO, Orbitz and CEO
Jeffrey (Jeff) Katz is an acknowledged leader in the travel and e-commerce industries.

Jeff is CEO of Journera, where his team is building an Experience Management Platform for the travel industry based on the idea that the journey is the essence of travel and data is the new currency. Journera is backed by American Airlines, United Airlines, Marriott Hotels, Hilton Worldwide, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Hyatt Hotels, and Boston Consulting Group.

Jeff was named five times as one of BTN’s Top 25 Travel Industry leaders and was in the first “class” of inductees to BTN’s Travel Industry Hall of Fame in 2010.

Jeff’s lineage in travel is deep, having served in various executive positions at American Airlines over a career that spanned nearly 20 years. Among a number of senior executive roles at American, he served as Corporate Vice President and President of American’s then-owned global distribution system, SABRE.

Living in Zurich, Switzerland, he served as CEO of Swissair during the European airline deregulation transition from 1997-2000.
Jeff was the founding Chairman and CEO of Orbitz, from start-up, through it’s eventful regulatory and competitive challenges, it’s IPO, and ultimately in late 2004 the sale of the company to the Cendant Corporation.

He is one of few executives who has also led companies in other industries, serving as CEO and Executive Chairman of LeapFrog Enterprises, a technology-based children’s product company in the retail sector from 2006 through 2010, as well as CEO of the web-based retail goods comparison shopping company, Nextag, with a presence in over 15 countries from 2010 through 2014.

Jeff holds degrees from MIT, Stanford, and the University of California.

Sessions

Executive Roundtable: The Remaking of Corporate Travel

Ride hailing, home sharing, mobile, chat: The same forces that have upended consumer travel have infiltrated corporate programs - and the impact is big. The lines get blurrier as non-traditional content continues to blend with the GDS, and leisure extensions to business trips expand traveler expectations. Panelists from all sides of the ecosystem discuss how they are meeting the demands of today’s business traveler while tweaking corporate programs for good.