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Christopher J. Bellairs, chief financial officer of Expedia Travel Group and a 1983 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, will become assistant vice president for university relations and associate executive director of Notre Dame’s Alumni Association, it was announced today by Charles F. Lennon, associate vice president for university relations and executive director of the Alumni Association.

Lennon said, “I am excited to have a person of Chris’ ability and experience joining our team. With his outstanding credentials and wide-ranging experience, he will help make our Alumni Association into an even more dynamic organization that is so integral to the University’s mission. His overseeing the daily operations of the Alumni Association will allow me to enhance our relationships and communications with alumni worldwide. Together, I think we’ll be a great team.”

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., University president, said, “Chris’ experience in business will be invaluable to the Alumni Association. We’re fortunate to have him returning to Notre Dame, but this is evidence not only of the strong loyalty of our alums, but also the University’s ability to attract top-level talent.”

Bellairs, who earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Notre Dame, also earned a master of business administration degree from the University of North Carolina in 1991. He has a wide range of experience in the business world. Before his current post at Expedia in Bellevue, Wash., he was a group vice president and division CFO at Pepsico. Over an eight-year period, he held various other positions at the international food and beverage corporation before joining Expedia in 2004. He also spent five years with Procter & Gamble. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served five years, rising to the rank of captain.

“I am very excited to be coming back to Notre Dame to join Chuck Lennon’s team at the Alumni Association,” Bellairs said. “I look forward to undertaking and leading new initiatives at the Alumni Association that will make Notre Dame even more accessible to everyone who loves Our Lady’s University,” he added.

The Alumni Association, founded in 1868, provides services to the more than 107,000 Notre Dame alumni around the world and helps coordinate the activities of all the alumni clubs. It also oversees the University’s Eck Visitor’s Center on campus.

Bellairs and his wife, Jeannie, have two sons, Nigel, 10, and Graham, 9. He is expected to begin his duties late next month.

Originally published by Matthew V. Storin at newsinfo.nd.edu on August 01, 2005.

Originally published by Susan Guibert at newsinfo.nd.edu on July 25, 2005.

Originally published by Susan Guibert at newsinfo.nd.edu on July 07, 2005.