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November 2011

Mike Cogan

Mike has been involved in the management and application of travel technology for over thirty years. He has extensive experience of travel agent and tour operating systems, as well as operational and strategic consultancy.

Following a spell as Retail Technology Manager at Thomas Cook, Mike launched the Fastrak travel industry data network in 1982.

Mike then joined the International Leisure Group as Information Services Director, looking after the company's tour operating and airline systems. ILG was the UK's second largest tour operator with its own airline, Air Europe. With ILG Mike made significant improvements to the business effectiveness of its IT systems and actively promoted the creation of the Travel Technology Initiative.

Prior to forming Equinus with Bob Stockwell in 1994, Mike was Operations Director for Saga Holidays, one of the UK’s largest direct sell tour operators.

Mike has been Chairman of MD8, a United Nations and EC sponsored committee setting Electronic Data Interchange standards for the travel industry across Western Europe. He has undertaken consultancy assignments for many of the world’s leading travel companies, as well as helping new businesses such as and TV Travel Shop.

Mike has chaired many conferences and seminars and has run the Advice Clinic at The Travel Technology Show since its launch.