The Global Business Travel Association has appointed John Melchior European regional development director of its education and research arm.
Melchior has been managing director of JME Consultancy and Enterprises since 2005, which now trades as Travel Group Consulting.
Before that, he served for 14 years as executive vice president for RADIUS, the global travel management company.
At Radius, Melchior was responsible for developing and supporting the international network of travel agencies across 80 countries.
In his new role with the research arm, called the GBTA Foundation, he will be responsible for planning, managing and advancing the strategic initiatives of the Foundation by creating corporate partnerships for education and research initiatives throughout Europe.
As the primary European liaison to the GBTA Foundation, Melchior will work closely with GBTA Foundation executive director, Daphne Bryant and Foundation chairman, Steve Singh.
He will be based in the UK.
Singh, who is chief executive of Concur, said: ‘We are excited to bring John on board as a dedicated agent pushing progress forward and expanding on the great work of the Foundation in Europe.
‘Our education and research are of paramount importance allowing us to explore best practices and trends and bring this knowledge to our membership.’
Melchior said: ‘After many years in the industry, helping the Foundation with its important role of advancing the industry for all stakeholders is a task I will truly relish.
‘I look forward to working with my industry colleagues in Europe to expand the great work of the GBTA Foundation.’