Get to Know Advito

The leading global corporate travel consultancy

Committed to elevating corporate travel programs

We work with the world’s largest companies to transform their travel programs – optimizing spend and creating engaging traveler experiences.

We arm travel managers, procurement leaders, and other key stakeholders with the tools to create safe, sustainable, and future-fit travel programs.

We strive to:

  • Simplify complexities
  • Reduce travel’s environmental footprint
  • Drive return on investment
  • Increase traveler satisfaction

OUR HISTORY

Advito was founded in 2006 as the consulting arm of the global travel management company, BCD Travel. We were born out of a desire from clients for valuable, independent advice to help their organizations streamline and optimize the increasingly complex sphere of corporate travel.

Since then, we have continuously delivered objective consulting services and a highly customized approach. As the innovators of cutting-edge offerings like Dynamic Performance ManagementTM and Traveler EngagementTM, we are committed to helping clients prove the value of travel and elevate their business travel programs.

For more than 15 years, Advito has served the world’s leading companies across a diverse range of industries including technology, life sciences, finance, business consulting, manufacturing, apparel, aerospace, FMCG, and more.

  • 300+ annual client engagements
  • 95% client retention rate
  • 5-15x return on investment
  • $5B in annual managed air spend
  • 40,0000 annual hotel RFPs
  • 55 consultants and analysts from around the world

Our Team

April Bridgeman
April Bridgeman
Managing Director and Senior Vice President, Hotel Solutions

April Bridgeman is the SVP, Hotel Solutions, and the Managing Director of Advito. She leads the team behind the company’s hotel offering—Stay by BCD Travel™.

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Her team develops innovative client solutions that deliver significant incremental hotel savings. She breaks traditional thought around the value of resource-intensive sourcing projects with fresh approaches focused on spend management and program adoption using consumer- and behavior-based strategies. Her team’s solutions are client-proven to drive more savings for less effort.

Olivier Benoit
Olivier Benoit
 Principal and Vice President, Global
Practices & Sales

As Principal and Vice President, Olivier Benoit leads Advito global practices and sales. He manages a diverse team of business travel, business intelligence, digital marketing and sustainability experts.

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He focuses on the strategy development and implementation of Advito’s holistic spend management framework for a diverse range of clients to deliver savings, increase traveler satisfaction and reduce the environmental impact of travel. Olivier’s previous roles include global sales director and regional commercial director positions at Air France KLM in France, Singapore, Poland and Sweden. He is currently based in Montpellier, France.

Karen Lewis
Karen Lewis
Vice President, Revenue and Resource
Optimization

As Vice President of Revenue & Resource Optimization, Karen oversees Advito’s client assignments, understanding and aligning each engagement with the right consulting team.

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A member of the leadership team, she’s responsible for internal training programs, keeping consultants up to speed on the latest tools and technology so they’re always prepared to provide exceptional client value. With more than 25 years of experience in the travel industry, Karen’s previous roles include leadership positions in audit, controlling, client pricing, and financial analysis.

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Julien Etchanchu
Senior Director, Sustainable
Collaboration

Julien Etchanchu is the Senior Director of Advito’s Sustainable Collaboration practice, helping global clients define strategy, target & path towards CO2 decrease, across all travel categories (Air, Hotel, Rail, Car).

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His previous experience includes eight years at Air France-KLM, with six years in revenue management and pricing, and two years in e-commerce. He then moved to the hotel industry to lead a team of revenue managers for Radisson hotels in Frankfurt. Julien joined Advito in 2015 as a Managing Consultant for Air and Hotel and has diverse profile of consulting projects. He is also currently teaching tourism sustainability in a French Business School.

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Laura Kusto
Vice President
Global Hotel Practice Lead

Laura Kusto is Vice President and Global Hotel Practice Leader for Advito and Stay by BCD Travel. She leads a global team of consultants in delivering innovative hotel solutions.

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Previously, Laura served as a Worldwide Business Travel Sales Director for Hilton. She was charged with expanding Hilton’s relationships across a portfolio of global clients. Prior to Hilton, Laura was with American Express for 11 years. She spent six years in their commercial card consulting team and two years overseeing their Hotel Practice. Her early career includes five years spent as a business consultant, first with Accenture and later with BearingPoint.

Matt Patterson
Matthew Patterson
Senior Director, Client Relationship Management

Matthew Patterson is the Senior Director of Client Relationship Management for Advito, responsible for overseeing key engagements with clients and prospects.

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Matthews ensures the delivery of solutions that generate significant ROI and foster long-term relationships. He has 26 years of travel industry experience, including over 13 years in consulting. Before joining Advito, Matthew held client leadership and consulting positions at Accenture, American Express, and Carlson Wagonlit Travel. At Accenture, he was a key contributor to their travel practice product development and core methodology enhancements.

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Shelley Fletcher-Bryant
Senior Director, Client Relationship Management

As a Senior Director of Client Management for Advito, Shelley oversees engagements with clients and prospects that help deliver ROI and optimize travel programs.

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In addition to fostering long-term relationships, Shelley develops new business opportunities across EMEA, APAC, and North America. Shelley has direct client management experience, having worked as a Managing Consultant in Advito’s successful Traveler Engagement practice for three years before moving to her current role. Prior to joining Advito, Shelley spent 20 years working in destination, leisure, and retail marketing and sales roles.

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Kelly Ellis
Global Practice Area Lead, Traveler
Engagement

As the Traveler Engagement Practice Leader, Kelly works with travel managers to identify program opportunities and develop innovative marketing strategies.

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She develops robust digital marketing and communication strategies which lead to improved cost savings, compliance, and satisfaction. Kelly’s traveler engagement strategies are tailored to meet client needs and follow company brand guidelines and tone of voice. Her strong customer service background has allowed her to reinforce the standards and commitment to marketing quality products through consistency and knowledge in each of the industries she has worked.

John Trigg, Senior Director of Intelligence & Analytics
John Trigg
Senior Director, Intelligence & Analytics Practice

As the Senior Director and Global Practice Leader for Intelligence & Analytics, John orchestrates the development of our internal and customer-facing applications.

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John oversees a team of developers, optimizing our AWS technology stack, and involving customers in our product development roadmaps. He focuses on the consolidation of multiple data sources and utilizes enterprise-caliber business intelligence tools to highlight opportunities for Advito’s customers. Prior to joining Advito, John held product leadership roles within multiple companies where he focused on Agile development methodologies and speed to market.

Erin Singleton
Erin Singleton
Senior Director,
Marketing

Erin Singleton is the Senior Director of Marketing for Advito. She designs and executes strategic initiatives across a wide range of marketing disciplines.

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Erin actively seeks opportunities to leverage the consulting firm’s innovative offerings to create content across different communication channels. She works with a diverse group of stakeholders throughout the organization to raise Advito’s profile within BCD Travel, support sales initiatives, and establish Advito as a thought leader in the business travel consulting space.

Claire Ollivier
Claire Ollivier
Senior Director,
APAC

As Senior Director of Solutions Consulting, Claire leads Advito and Hotel Solutions development in the Asia Pacific region.

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As she grows the APAC business, she continues to focus on minimizing clients’ travel spend and maximizing their travel program value, pushing beyond the boundaries of traditional sourcing. In her previous role as a senior managing consultant, Claire led Advito’s hotel programs for global clients by overseeing project teams, managing the full procurement and sophisticated RFP processes, and providing ongoing program reporting. She first joined Advito as a senior consultant.

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David Frangeul
Senior Director, Global Air and Ground Practices

David Frangeul joined Advito in July 2014 as a Managing Consultant. In his current role, David leads the global air and ground practices.

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Managing a team of airline and business travel experts, he develops strategy and implements Advito’s air, rail and car projects across a diverse range of global clients. He focuses on the strategy development and implementation of Advito’s dynamic performance management framework for a diverse range of clients to deliver savings, increase traveler satisfaction and reduce the environmental impact of travel.​

Previously, David worked for Air France KLM for almost 15 years mainly in pricing, commercial and global corporate sales positions. He has a Master of Business Administration from NEOMA business school in France. David is currently based in Paris, France.​

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Whether your goal is to understand your air travel footprint, build the optimal ground supplier portfolio, discover your hotel negotiation leverage, develop a communications plan, or to decrease carbon emissions – Advito is here to help you succeed.