Mr. Bekkers focuses on travel distribution issues and the evolving challenges the industry faces. During his 20 years in the industry, Ivan has held management positions with major airlines and leading global distribution systems, as well as has led OAG's data division and was president of AgentWare, a leading GDS alternative. At OAG, he initiated their real-time flight status initiative and led product efforts developing new electronic offerings built for OAG's road warrior customer profile. At Sabre, Ivan was a key leader in launching SABRE and American Airlines on the Internet.
Ivan currently is a partner with NCompass Travel Group which advises startup and existing companies offering mobile traveler services. He has advised and led efforts of companies dedicated to use existing and emerging technologies for travel distribution and optimization. Ivan has an MBA from Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management as well as a graduate degree in applied economics from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Ivan has worked and lived in multiple U.S. and European locations.