Founder of Travelocity.com & Founding Chairman of Kayak.com
Terry Jones founded Travelocity.com. He led the company as President and was Chief Executive Officer from its founding until May 2002. Previously, Jones served as Chief Information Officer at Sabre Inc.
In his 24 years at Sabre, Jones held various executive positions including President of Computer Services, Vice President of Applications Development and Vice President of Product Development.
Prior to Sabre, Jones joined American Airlines in 1978 as Director of Product Development when American Airlines acquired Agency Data Systems, a Florida-based mini-computer accounting systems company. He became president of the division when it moved to Dallas/Fort Worth.
A graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, Jones entered the travel industry in 1971 as a travel agent with Vega Travel in Chicago. He later served five years as a vice president of Travel Advisors, a company specializing in business travel to Eastern Europe and the USSR, with offices in Chicago and Moscow.
Jones is managing principal of ON, Inc. a consultancy he co-founded to help companies in their transition to the digital economy. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Kayak.com, and is on the boards of Boingo, Smart Destinations, Inc., and Cognite. Inc . He is a special venture partner with General Catalyst Partners of Boston.
Every business needs to innovate, but where do you start? In this presentation, Terry Jones explores the fundamentals of innovation and gives leaders simple but powerful ideas they can use to create a more innovative organization. Drawing from his experiences as the founder of Travelocity.com, founding Chairman of Kayak.com and Chairman of Wayblazer, Jones helps audiences turn innovation from an academic exercise into an everyday skill. The stories from his career and personal experiences not only provide well-chosen real world illustrations of how challenging, and ultimately rewarding it can be to gather a team and establish a culture that is open to change, he gives audiences step-by-step plans to create it.
Building Digital Relationships
How will your customer contact you today? In the store, via the phone, on your web site, read a tweet, friend you on Facebook? There is no way to know. In this presentation, e-commerce pioneer Terry Jones gives your audience the keys to unlock the mystery of how to deal with today’s omni channel customer. While face-to-face contact isn’t going away, companies that lack an effective online relationship strategy are being left behind. Jones vast online experience can educate your audience in all phases of the digital conversation from search to social media, using real-world examples in creating Travelocity, Kayak and helping dozens of other companies.
Leadership In A Wired World
It’s a new world out there…A world where ‘the office’ is anywhere and communications is constant; where the pace of change is staggering and the ‘wired generation’ is entering the work force. In the new world, how do you lead? The basic principles of good leadership haven’t changed in hundreds of years; but, in this new world, how we APPLY them MUST change. Today’s new worker has been raised in the digital age, has been multi-tasking since the age of 3 and has been online for most of their life. How can companies most effectively communicate with, lead, and leverage this very different employee base?
Terry Jones has led both large corporations and small startup companies. As a CEO, board member and consultant, his innovative leadership style has helped reshape an industry. In this program, he offers concise and actionable insights into how leadership is changing in this technology-driven world.