One hundred days into her role, Amadeus UK MD Diane Bouzebiba on the future of travel; and her (lack of) extravagances.
Name: Diane Bouzebiba
Company: Amadeus UK, a leading transaction processor and provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel and tourism industry
Turnover: For the year ended December 31, 2010, the company reported revenues of €2.7bn
First job: Export manager for a textile manufacturer in Bolton
Dream job: Sounds corny but it is actually the one I have right now
Car: Mercedes C220 Sport
Economy, business or first class: Business
Most extravagant purchase: Extravagance is not in my genes….
Most played song on iPod: any Rod Stewart or Phil Collins track
Best business book: “People and Performance” Peter Drucker (published in the late seventies but extremely relevant in all situations)
Worst business moment: “9/11” – I had just joined Amadeus the week before…..
Business mentor: I have a super personal coach who really makes me think about my decisions and the impact on the organisation
Next big thing: Adopting a consulting approach to building business around technology. As a global travel technology provider we have a wealth of highly skilled people around the world, and we're adapting the way we operate to make this expertise available to our UK and Irish customers. This is something that will be beneficial both to larger companies and small businesses, allowing them to optimise their systems and maximise their investment in our technology.
Door to door itineraries and mobile technology for one click booking will transform the ease with which we travel. This will really reinforce the position of the traveller at the centre of everything we do.