At OpenTravel Alliance in Austin – TX, USA
OpenTravel Alliance (OpenTravel), the travel industry’s only distribution specification standards development organization covering multiple segments, recently elected Buddy Altus, vice president of distribution at Avis Budget Group, as the vice-chairman of its board of directors. Altus most recently served as a board member representing the rental car category. OpenTravel’s board of directors has a mission to help the association enable the future of travel by driving the evolving digital experience for consumers around the world.
Altus’ responsibilities include managing product development and business from third party e-commerce applications and services, including: ABG’s XML interface; private label booking engines used by airlines; corporate accounts; travel agencies; ABG mobile sites; and global distribution systems. His experience prior to Avis Budget Group includes e-commerce companies in music, content protection and group buying. Additionally, Altus spent 10 years at American Express where he was part of the team that developed AXI, American Express’ first corporate booking tool. Before he moved to travel and e-commerce he developed programming language software at Intermetric.