With over 32 years of experience in corporate travel, Michael Hare, Chief Executive Officer of Portman Travel, is a highly knowledgeable and dedicated business travel professional. Appointed as the Chairman of the Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC) in January 2010, he is one of the industry’s most respected authorities on corporate travel management. In 2011 Michael joined the Board of Directors at Radius Travel and in January 2013 was appointed Chairman of the Board.
A true entrepreneur, Michael began his career at the age of 16 and by the age of 19 started his own business travel company, giving him unique insight and firsthand experience in all functions and operational aspects of business travel management. Michael’s passion and dedication for corporate travel saw his company grow to be a Top 12 Travel Management Company winning numerous awards and accolades, before its sale to Portman Travel in 2008.
Michael joined the Portman Travel board as Chief Operating Officer responsible for operations and technology in 2008, instigating many changes and improvements in the customer care experience.
In October 2009, Michael was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Portman Travel. Under his strong, knowledgeable and passionate leadership Portman Travel has flourished winning many new blue chip clients and now employs over 500 people operating from 17 locations.
Michael’s entrepreneurial spirit and customer centric attitude have created a positive and proactive culture throughout Portman. Through operating an open door policy and encouraging empowerment among colleagues, he has created an environment which fosters innovation and continuous improvement in the services and added value Portman offer clients.