Ekert will report directly to the Carlson Board of Directors. Ekert most recently served as Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer of Travelport. During his five plus years in that role, the business transformed its product offerings and value propositions in all key channels and delivered consistent growth, highlighted by a successful IPO, stated a release. He also previously spent nine years at Travelport in a number of other executive roles, including COO of European-based GTA. His experience prior to that includes six years at Continental Airlines.