Karen Hutchings

Global Travel, Meetings & Events Leader | Business Enablement, EY

Karen manages Ernst & Young’s global US$1.8 billion travel spend and approximately $400M in Meetings & Events spend and has a FY14-17 cost avoidance target of US$120 million. Her key area of focus since joining EY has been the Travel Management Company RFP and implementation. Having implemented a new solution in 120 plus countries the overall project is complete and now the focus is on the Area venue sourcing RFP’s and implementation. Additionally the implementation of robotics to automate manual processes and looking at the sharing economy providers is high on the agenda. Within EY Karen and the team received FY14 Business Enablement Shared Services Exceptional Client Service award and she one of the six EY professionals short-listed for the FY14 CVA.

Externally the EY team have been recognized as team of the year 2015 by BTA and again in 2016 by ITM. Additionally Hutchings herself was recognized by BTN as the 2015 Multinational Travel Manager of the year and one of the top 25 most influential travel executives. Prior to joining EY Karen lead the travel team at AIG, was ASPAC and EMEIA Regional Head at Citi and Global Head of Travel at Merrill Lynch. In 2008, as the Global Head of Travel at Merrill Lynch, awarded Global Travel team of the year by the ‘Buying Business Travel’ magazine. In 2009, Karen was recognized as a ‘Face of Innovation’ in the Corporate Travel Industry for her ground breaking work in the ‘follow the sun’ service model which has been adapted within the travel team at EY. While running was always a passion, having run 26 marathons around the world, Karen now spends her spare time with her horses, Bobby & Brenda, and two sheep Hendricks & Tonique!