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October 10, 2012

International Career Talk featuring chairman of Priceline

Ralph Bahna
Chairman of priceline.com
To address U-M/CICS students about launching international careers

Thinkers or Doers: Who Succeeds in a Globalized World?

Sunday, October 21, 2012 | 6–8pm
Michigan Room at the Michigan League

Ralph Bahna is Chairman and Founder of Club Quarters, hotels in prime big city locations for the use of cost-conscious member organizations. He is also Chairman of priceline.com, the world’s largest supplier of hotel rooms, reaching a market cap of $40 billion this year.

At Cunard Line Limited, he became President at the age of 30, and Chief Executive of the Cunard Group, worldwide, a few years later. During his leadership, Cunard was one of the few great shipping companies that survived and became a modern-day cruise operator. Among his accomplishments was the success of the company’s flagship Queen Elizabeth 2, and its supersonic Concorde combination. In his 20s, he was credited with helping turn around Trans World Airlines in the early 1970s through his creation and launching of the carrier’s Ambassador Service and Ambassador Express programs. Ralph was named “The Cruise Industry Leader of the Decade” by Travel Trade Magazine in 1990, and the first Chairman of a unified international cruise line organization, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

Club Quarters is a new hotel concept where occupancy is limited to member organizations who use big city centers and are looking for well located, full service business hotels at affordable prices.

Ralph graduated from the University of Michigan where he was a Big 10 wrestling champion and where he met his wife, Dorothy. They have three children and eight grandchildren. Two of the children are fourth generation graduates of the University of Michigan. Laura (Bahna) Lovejoy is the only female to be of a fourth generation at the University of Michigan. Also, the family has three generations of husbands and wives who met at the University of Michigan. Ralph has a MBA from the University of California (Berkeley).

Food will be served!

Posted by zzhu at October 10, 2012 04:59 PM