A new boss is taking charge of business travel giant CWT after two years with the company.

Michelle McKinney Frymire becomes chief executive from May 1 as Kurt Ekert steps down to take on the role of senior advisor to the company.

McKinney Frymire joined CWT in 2019 and has more than 20 years’ travel industry experience including roles at Delta Air Lines and Starwood Vacation Ownership.

She was appointed CWT’s president, strategy and transformation and chief financial officer in October.

Rick Gage, chair of CWT’s parent company CTII Holdings, said:  “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.

“Following a strong and dynamic performance in her most immediate role as, 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.”

 CWT has won $7 billion of new business over the past five years.