01 July 2008 | Amon Cohen
The Institute of Travel Management has appointed a senior procurement executive from the BBC to be its next chairman.
Jamie Hindhaugh, the corporation's head of sourcing for production resources, logistics and operations, becomes vice-chairman with immediate effect and will succeed Caroline Strachan, international travel manager for Yahoo!, as chairman in January 2010.
The appointment of Hindhaugh, a CIPS member, is a vivid illustration of the growing influence of procurement over travel management. Traditionally, ITM chairmen have been travel specialists, but travel accounts for only 20 per cent of the spend overseen by Hindhaugh. He started his career as an importer and exporter of leather goods before joining the BBC five years ago as manager of its ground transportation. Now he is in charge of all production sourcing and "anything that moves".
Asked what his agenda will be as ITM chairman, Hindhaugh told supplymanagement.com: "There will be a strong procurement angle, helping to professionalise further the buying of travel. There is a real opportunity to take procurement expertise and combine it with category knowledge - a combination that is very powerful."
Hindhaugh added he is keen to develop buyer thinking on technology and the complicated revenue flows in corporate travel between buyers, suppliers and intermediaries such as global distribution systems.
Strachan said: "We are delighted to have attracted an individual of Jamie's experience and vision. His focus on issues such as distribution, technology and demand management is the perfect complement to the ITM's existing work in this area."