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Denise Truso - Main Stage Speaker

Denise Truso

Travel Manager, PayPal

Denise joined PayPal as their Global Travel Manager in September of 2019, just six months before the Global Pandemic started with a vision of redefining PayPal’s global travel program consistent with PayPal’s company mission and values, which include collaboration, innovation, wellness and inclusion. PayPal is available in more than 200 markets around the world. The PayPal platform including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom, enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies.

Denise has almost 30 years of progressive travel management and sourcing experience, giving her the ability to see the industry from both a supplier and buyer perspective.

Prior to joining PayPal, she spent 10 years with St. Jude Medical, now Abbott as Director of Global Travel & Category Manager. She began her career as a reservation agent with National Car Rental before joining a local travel agency that became Navigant International, now CWT. Denise is a results-oriented leader with a proven track record of building and transforming global travel management while driving results. Her skill set is complemented by her ability to balance spend reduction with required service levels, risk mitigation and talent optimization.

She is an active member of GBTA, recently elected to their Board of Directors as the President with a vision of working together to rebuild an industry and organization that has been a north star throughout her career. She has been recognized by her peers by being awarded the North Central Business Associations’ President’s Award in 2006, the Business Travel Professional Services Award in 2009 and a 2016 Masters Honors Recipient.

Denise’s commitment to the industry keeps her busy and her support from her family, Matt & TJ are what motivates her to continue to aim high. She believes that nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it. In 2020, the family moved from Minnesota where they were all born and raised to Arizona to start a new chapter. As a family they enjoy golfing, spending time at the lake, watching sports, family fantasy football and traveling. In 2006, they embarked on a family goal to see all 30 MLB Baseball Stadiums; they only have 10 more to go before TJ graduations from college (original goal was by high school graduation).