Chartis Inc., the property-casualty and general insurance organization and Travel Guard parent company, has announced that all of its worldwide travel businesses will begin operating under the brand name Travel Guard, effective immediately. Additionally, Jeffrey C. Rutledge has been named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Travel Guard Worldwide, Inc. Beginning with today’s announcement, all Chartis travel sales and operations worldwide will be positioned as ‘Travel Guard, a Chartis company.’
David Lafayette, President & CEO of Travel Guard Canada explains that Chartis’ re-branding and alignment with the much larter insurance focused business will provide “an enhanced set of resources to bring to bear for our travel agency clients and the Canadians who we insure.”
“I’m excited about what the future holds. With this move we can look forward to technology, product and assistance innovation that will support the aggressive expansion we have been pursuing,” Lafayette added.
Travel Guard has operations in a variety of key regions, including North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Australasia, Africa and the Middle East. ‘Travel Guard is a market-leading brand name that we believe will benefit from its extension worldwide and from an association with the Chartis name,’ said Kristian P. Moor, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chartis. ‘The creation of a global Travel Guard name, under the Chartis umbrella, and appointment of Jeff as the unit’s worldwide head, are two important steps in our effort to create a more integrated global organization that will benefit all our stakeholders. We look forward to Jeff’s many contributions as the new global leader of Travel Guard.’
‘Travel Guard is one of the top insurance providers in the travel business, and I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the organization globally,’ said Mr. Rutledge. ‘We have a world-class leadership team and group of employees, and we are all excited as we enter a new chapter in the life of this great franchise.’
Mr. Rutledge joined the Chartis organization in 1999 and soon established the company’s global travel e-commerce operations. He later had executive responsibility for travel in the Asia-Pacific region and, more recently, served as president of the global travel division. Mr. Rutledge has an extensive travel industry background and holds an MBA in International Management from the University of Dallas.