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For the 31st time, BTN looks at the executives who most influenced the business travel industry in the previous year to understand the directions in which they have pushed the industry envelope.

Buyers on this year’s list came up with new approaches to get credit for their ancillary expenditures and for their negotiated rates to be visible to their travelers as well as for launching an effort to expand opportunity for women in the industry. Providers of new technology named here include those seeking to enhance and to disrupt traditional travel practices. Travel management company executives on the list enabled their organizations to add scale through consolidating resources. Government officials appearing on this list expedited travelers passing through airport security and customs lines and joined with other industry leaders in advancing next generation distribution standards.

The biggest deal of the year, the acquisition of Concur by SAP for $8.3 billion, landed two executives on the list. This was the first appearance on the BTN Top 25 list for SAP CEO , but for Concur CEO Steve Singh this year’s appearance ties him with former American Airlines chief Robert Crandall for the all time record of 10 appearances. Singh is joined by repeat honorees Ed Adams, who is making his fourth appearance on this list,
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and , Michelle “Mick” Lee, John Pistole and , who all are making their second appearances.

Following several solicitations for nominations, BTN editors during the fall of 2014 created this year’s list and first revealed it Dec. 8 at its Business Travel Trends Forecasts 2014 conference in New York City.

While BTN editors rate these 25 as the most influential business travel executives of 2014, they do not attempt to rank the honorees’ relative influence.
cherry doc martens BTN's 2014 25 Most Influential