Kurt Ekert steps down and takes on senior advisor role.
Michelle joined CWT in 2019 with over 20 years of travel industry experience. Her expertise as a woman in leadership spans across a broad range of roles, from CFO at Starwood Vacation Ownership and Delta Technology (a division of Delta Airlines), to Continental Airlines and Delta Air Lines.
In addition, she held senior executive positions at several private equity portfolio companies where she led Strategy, Technology, HR, Corporate Development and Finance.
Michelle currently serves on the Board of Directors for Family Gateway in Dallas, Texas and was appointed CWT’s President, Strategy & Transformation and Chief Financial Officer in October 2020. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Austin College and an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas.
“I am delighted to welcome Michelle to the role of leading our company into the next phase of our development, building on the successes of recent years*, and continuing to push us into achieving our true potential,” said Rick Gage, Chair of CWT’s parent company, CTII Holdings, Inc.
“Following a strong and dynamic performance in her most recent role, Michelle’s leadership skills will be key to our future accomplishments and continued development. As a natural development in our succession planning, I am also pleased that Kurt will remain an advisor to CWT, and I thank him for his leadership and impact,” added Gage.
*Over the past five years, CWT has won approximately USD7 billion of new business, consistently grown market share, and built and scaled multiple, industry-leading offerings including RoomIt, follow-the-sun servicing, myCWT, messaging, and the China technology platform.