vice president distribution & product development
Buddy Altus Avis Budget Group Vice President, Innovation, Customer & Partner E-Commerce Buddy joined the Innovation Group of Avis Budget Group in July of 2017, where his team builds the e-commerce applications and interfaces that make it easy for partners and customers to integrate with, use, and access Avis Budget Group's products and services. Previously, he served as vice president in the Marketing Group where he led Distribution and Product Development and was responsible for Avis Budget Group's XML interface and private label booking engines used by airlines, hotels, travel agents and credit card companies. Buddy also led the integration of Concur's TripIt to Avis.com, as well as enabling enrollment in Avis Preferred directly from Concur, and the launch of Avis support for Concur's TripLink. Buddy also initiated, directed, and launched the integration of digital wallets from MasterCard, American Express and VISA for the Avis and Budget websites as well as for Avis' IOS and Android Apps. Prior to Avis Budget Group, Buddy held e-commerce roles at American Express where he was Director of Marketing for AXI, the first corporate booking tool developed by Expedia and American Express. He was also an executive at two startups: one in group buying and the other in music distribution. Buddy has served on the Board of the OpenTravel Alliance for the past 8 years and is currently Vice Chair. He holds degrees in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business.
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