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 appointments 



 

Appointments

CHANGE AT THE TOP
Disney exec named president and CEO of Crystal Cruises

18 SEP 2017: Tom Wolber has been appointed president and CEO of Crystal Cruises replacing Edie Rodriquez, who is embarking on a 'new endeavour' after four years with the cruise line. Parent company Genting Hong Kong, which acquired Crystal Cruises in 2015, described Wolber as a 'travel industry veteran' with over three decades of experience.

 


VISIT BRITAIN APPOINTMENT
Gavin Landry as executive vice president for the Americas

29 AUG 2017: VisitBritain has announced the appointment of Gavin Landry as its executive vice president for the Americas. Effective immediately, Landry’s remit is to drive new and repeat visitor growth to Britain from the Americas, focusing on key segments and top performing regions including Brazil, Canada and the US, as well as cities with new routes to build connectivity.

 


EXPEDIA CEO GETS JOB OFFER FROM UBER

29 AUG 2017: Expedia is confirming that CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has been offered the top job at ride-hailing company Uber. Barry Diller, board chairman of the travel booking site, said in a note to employees Monday that he believes Khosrowshahi intends to take the new post, but Diller says nothing has been finalized.

 


MARY GRIMLEY TO VP SALES AT VISIT DALLAS

20 JUL 2017: VisitDallas recently announced the promotion of Mary Grimley to vice president of Sales. Grimley has been a member of the sales team at VisitDallas for 14 years. The promotion comes on the heels of VisitDallas’ latest campaign, Dallas Delivers, aimed at meeting and event planners.

 


NEW HIRES FOR MSC CRUISES USA

14 JUL 2017: MSC Cruises USA announced the addition of two new hires to its sales force, Holly Sievers as manager of Host and Home-Based Accounts and Brett Draper as manager of Corporate and Incentive Sales for North America.


NEW REPRESENTATION FOR THE CHRIS ROBINSON TRAVEL SHOW

11 JUL 2017: Group of Seven Media Ltd. has been appointed to represent The Chris Robinson Travel Show in the travel industry. Building on over 14 years of successful radio broadcasts, The Chris Robinson Travel Show is raising its profile in the travel industry by the appointment of a full time representation agency. Group of Seven Media Ltd. will be responsible for matching clients from across the travel and tourism spectrum to The Chris Robinson Travel Show sponsorship opportunity.

 


RICHARD ANDERSON
Airline vet to lead Amtrak

27 JUN 2017: America's railroad is turning to an airline industry veteran to lead it through a summer of reckoning for congested tracks and crumbling infrastructure. Amtrak on Monday named former Delta Air Lines chairman Richard Anderson as its new president and CEO.


KIM UNO JOINS AIR CANADA VACATIONS

05 JUN 2017: Air Canada Vacations has appointed Kim Uno manger, Partnerships and Business Development effective immediately. Uno will be leading and expanding all trade and tourism board partnerships.


JOAN HAINES RETIRES

30 MAY 2017: Joan Haines, principal of Coastal International, Toronto, Canada, and Sandals Resorts’ P.R. consultant for 25 plus years has announced her retirement and the closure of her business effective June 1, 2017.


CHARLES DUNCAN TO HEAD WESTJET ENCORE

29 MAY 2017: WestJet has announced that Charles Duncan has been named as the new head of WestJet Encore, WestJet's regional airline."Charles is a proven leader with extensive experience in operations, commercial and general management for global airlines," said Gregg Saretsky, WestJet president and CEO.

 


ANOTHER SENIOR EXEC LEAVES ALLEGIANT

29 MAY 2017: Allegiant Air's parent says its chief operating officer has resigned, the second high-ranking executive to leave the discount carrier this month. Allegiant Travel Co. said Friday that Jude Bricker is leaving, but the airline gave no further explanation.


ROSSEN DIMITROV BACK AT WESTJET

11 MAY 2017: WestJet has announced that Rossen Dimitrov will return as Chief Guest Experience Officer effective May 15. Rossen was WestJet's Director of Inflight Services from 2011 to 2013.

 


ETIHAD AIRWAYS NAMES GAMMELL INTERIM CEO

09 MAY 2017: The parent company of Etihad Airways has tapped one of its own executives to take over for the outgoing CEO who oversaw the Gulf carrier's aggressive expansion and acquisition spree. The Etihad Aviation Group board of directors on Monday named Irish national Ray Gammell as interim chief executive, promoting him from his current post as chief people and performance officer. He joined Abu Dhabi-based Etihad in 2009.


CYNTHIA FARRILL TO PULSE TRAVEL MARKETING

02 MAY 2017: Boutique travel trade, marketing and public relations company, Pulse Travel Marketing Inc. has announced that Cynthia Farrill has joined the Pulse team effective immediately. With over 40 years of experience in the travel industry, Farrill started her career with Air Canada and helped to position and build Air Canada's brand within the international markets.


APPOINTMENTS AT WESTJET
Bob Cummings and Ed Sims

01 MAY 2017: WestJet has announced the appointment of Bob Cummings as executive vice-president responsible for the yet-to-be-named ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) which will launch late in 2017 or early 2018.

 


PIA FIRES ACTING CHIEF
Accusations of corruption

25 APR 2017: Pakistan International Airlines has fired acting chief executive officer Bernd Hildenbrand, who has been relieved of his duties as CEO over corruption allegations. The CEO was due to go on annual leave earlier this month but was barred from leaving the country.


TRANSAT CREATES NEW DISTRIBUTION UNIT

19 APR 2017: Transat is creating a new distribution unit, to be headed by Joseph Adamo, who has been appointed vice-president and chief distribution officer, Transat Tours Canada (TTC). The new distribution unit groups the company’s commercialization and Customer Care Centre resources. The position of general manager, Transat Distribution Canada (TDC), held by Adamo since 2013, now goes to Nathalie Boyer, who has been a member of the TDC executive for the past 17 years. She will take up her duties on May 1, 2017.


MIKE BAGINSKI JOINS MY PASSION MEDIA

09 MAR 2017:  My Passion Media Inc. has announced the expansion of its editorial team in Toronto with the appointment of travel media veteran Mike Baginski to the role of associate publisher and executive editor, effective immediately.



APPOINTMENTS
Katie Olsson and Nico Relova at Air Canada Vacations

06 MAR 2017: Air Canada Vacations has appointed Katie Olsson and Nico Relova as its new Area Sales Managers in Western Canada effective immediately.



APPOINTMENTS
New BTA Board and VisitEngland Advisory Board Chairs

24 JAN 2017: UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Karen Bradley, has appointed the new Chairs for the BTA (VisitBritain/VisitEngland) Board and the VisitEngland Advisory Board - Steve Ridgway will succeed Christopher Rodrigues as BTA chairman and Denis Wormwell will succeed Penelope, Viscountess Cobham as chairman of the VisitEngland Advisory Board.


HOGAN LEAVING ETIHAD

24 JAN 2017: Etihad Airways' parent company says its chief executive is leaving following a multi-year buying spree that saw the Mideast carrier snap up stakes in airlines from Europe to Australia.  The Abu Dhabi-based airline gave no reason on Tuesday for James Hogan's departure. A search is ongoing for a replacement.


TRANSAT APPOINTMENTS
Susan Kooiman and Heidi Lord

10 JAN 2017:  Transat has announced the appointment of Susan Kooiman to the role of senior business development representative.  Since joining Transat in 2002, Kooiman has proven herself to be an excellent representative of Transat in the market and a conscientious advocate for the agencies in her assigned territory. 


APPOINTMENT
Fiona Schonewille to Transat

03 DEC 2015: Transat Tours Canada announces the appointment of Fiona Schonewille to the position of Business Development Representative for Vancouver and Vancouver Island.


The Travel Agent Next Door
Expanded support team

05 AUG 2015:  The Travel Agent Next Door has added new members to its team as a result of rapid expansion of the host agency’s network of travel agents. “One of our key strategies is to fully support our agents and we have recently added several new people to ensure our service levels are maintained,” said Flemming Friisdahl, founder.


CHANGES AT AIR TRANSAT
Graham retires. Lemay will run the airline

26 APR 2013: Air Transat cut 47 positions Thursday in an administrative restructuring, part of its three-year plan to restore profitability amid increased competition. Additionally they announced that effective immediately, Jean-Fran´┐Żois Lemay has been appointed general manager, Air Transat, and will run the airline when Allen Graham, president of Air Transat, retires on June 30, this year.

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