David Scowsill – CEO
David Scowsill is EON Reality’s CEO. Before his tenure at EON Reality, Scowsill most recently served as President and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), a private sector research and advocacy organization that represents the travel industry globally. Scowsill doubled membership over the last five years, through an outreach to globally operating companies in Asia and bringing in a mix of online and technology businesses. Regularly providing current affairs and financial commentary on CNN, BBC, Bloomberg, CCTV and CNBC, he has interviewed many high-profile individuals and heads of state including Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton and former Prime Ministers Tony Blair and David Cameron. He drove a program of visits with 85 heads of state to promote a sector which supports 294 million jobs and generates 10% world GDP.
Prior to joining the WTTC as President and CEO in November 2010, Mr. Scowsill was an independent Chairman and Director who built an extensive network in private equity and venture capital. He worked for six years with private equity houses, completing multiple deals in the technology and travel sectors.
David served as CEO of Opodo, the pan-European online travel agency owned by nine of Europe’s leading airlines. Scowsill built the company from startup to a €500 million transaction turnover in two years, before the business was sold in 2004 to Amadeus, a technology company that serves the global travel industry.
Scowsill joined the board of Hilton International in 1997 as Senior VP Sales, Marketing, and IT, driving a $100 mil technology development program and leading the marketing brand re-unification between the two Hilton shareholder companies.
David worked at British Airways Plc from 1993 to 1997 as Director for Europe/Middle East, and as Regional General Manager Asia/Pacific. Leading the operations throughout SE Asia, Japan, China and Australasia, he negotiated the Joint Service Agreement and global alliance with Qantas, which became the model for future collaborative airline agreements.
Scowsill joined American Airlines, Inc., in 1991 as Managing Director Sales, Europe Middle East and Africa. David’s earlier career was with British Airways, with a variety of operational and sales roles in US, Europe, Latin America, Gulf States, Africa, and Asia.
He is a graduate from the University of Southampton, UK, where he received a BA Honors Degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies.