Christopher Rodrigues was Chairman of VisitBritain from 2007 – 2017. He was on the Executive Committee of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) from 2007 – 2016 and became a WTTC Ambassador in May 2018.
Earlier in his career he was:
- Managing Director Travel, Amex UK & USSR (1983-88)
- Managing Director, then CEO, Thomas Cook (1988-95)
- President & CEO, Visa Inc (2004-06)
He is currently Chairman of Openwork (January 2014) and Chairman of the Port of London Authority (January 2016).
Christopher was Chairman of the British Council from 2016 – 2019; Chairman of the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association from 2013 – 2019; Chairman of International Personal Finance and Windsor Leadership from 2007 – 2015. He was a Council member of the National Trust from 1997 – 2004, and again from 2010 – 2012, then a Trustee from 2012 – 2016.
Christopher is a graduate of Cambridge University (MA) and the Harvard Business School (MBA, Baker Scholar). He was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University of Surrey (DUniv) in April 2013. He rowed for Cambridge in the 1970 and 1971 Boat Races, is a past-Chairman of Leander Club and is a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta.
Christopher was made a Commander of the British Empire in the 2007 New Year Honours list for services to British business interests and charitable works in the UK and USA.