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Appointments

TRANSAT APPOINTMENT
Jordi Sole as President of new hotel division

O5 FEB 2018: Transat has announced the appointment of Jordi Sole as President of its new hotel division, effective February 20. Sole, who has worked for major international resort chains, will lead Transat's entire hotel development operations in the Caribbean and Mexico.

 


AMA WATERWAYS DUAL APPOINTMENTS

01 FEB 2018: AmaWaterways announced the promotion of Alex Pinelo and Donna Cook. Both recently joined the company in other senior roles and have been appointed as directors of national accounts.


APPOINTMENT
Donovan White to Director of Tourism of the Jamaica Tourist Board

30 JAN 2018: Donovan White has been selected to fill the position of Director of Tourism of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), after an extensive local and international search. His appointment has been announced by Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett.

 


GLOBUS APPOINTMENT
Patrice Geske Director of Marketing

25 JAN 2018: Stephanie Bishop, managing director of the Globus family of brands in Canada, has  announced the promotion of Patrice Geske to the new position of director of marketing.


ALFREDO TAN TO WESTJET
Former Facebook executive to lead digital transformation

23 JAN 2018: WestJet has announced Alfredo Tan as chief digital and innovation officer. Tan will join WestJet on March 5. Reporting to Ed Sims, executive vice-president, commercial, Tan will head the further development and rollout of WestJet's digital strategy as the airline transitions from a low-cost, point-to-point carrier to a fully-fledged network airline.

 


GEDEON JOINS TPI AS CEO

19 JAN 2018: Travel Professionals International (TPI) has announced that industry veteran Zeina Gedeon has joined the company in the position of chief executive officer, effective immediately. Gedeon will focus on two key priority areas - growth and innovation.


DENISE HEFFRON TO RETIRE FROM TRANSAT

18 JAN 2018: Transat announced with regret that Denise Heffron, vice president, national sales and commercial, will retire from Transat on March 2 after almost 25 years at the company.


WESTJET APPOINTMENTS
Airline welcomes three new senior leaders to the team

12 JAN 2018: WestJet has announced three new vice-presidents will be joining the senior leadership team. Gandeephan Ganeshalingam joins as vice-president, lean and continuous improvement, Stuart McDonald as vice-president and chief technology officer and Scott Groh as vice-president, crew resources.

 


CWW TO REP BERMUDA

04 JAN 2018: Bermuda Tourism Authority selected Connect Worldwide Canada (CWW Canada) as their new integrated public relations, tourism trade marketing and business groups’ representation agency in Canada.


AIRBUS NAMES NEW SALES CHIEF

29 NOV 2017: Airbus is replacing its combative, long-serving sales chief with a Rolls Royce executive as the European plane maker tries to stay competitive with Boeing. Eric Schulz will take over as chief of sales for Airbus commercial planes in January, the company said Tuesday, calling it “a critical juncture of our company's development.”

 


MICHELLE PALMA AT UNIWORLD

20 NOV 2017: Luxury all-inclusive river cruise line Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has announced the promotion of veteran travel executive Michelle Palma to the new position of vice president, Field Sales for North America. In this expanded role, Palma becomes directly responsible for the strategic, functional and administrative management of all Uniworld district sales managers throughout the United States and Canada.

 


EASYJET NAMES LUNDGREN NEW CEO

13 NOV 2017: EasyJet has a new CEO and his is a familiar face to the Canadian travel and tourism industry. Johan Lundgren will replace Carolyn McCall as chief executive of the airline.

 


EMMA MADSEN BACK AT JTB

O2 NOV 2017: Philip Rose, the Jamaica Tourist Board’s regional director in Canada, has announced the appointment of Emma Madsen as business development manager in Western Canada. Effective immediately Madsen will be responsible for developing the JTB’s sales initiatives in Western Canada.


RICHARD PRUITT TO CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE

31 OCT 2017: Cruise industry professional, Richard Pruitt, has been named vice president, environmental operations at Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line effective November 20. Pruitt will be focused on further strengthening and expanding the company’s shipboard and shoreside environmental programmes and practices.


APPOINTMENT
Bruno Munoz at Transat

27 OCT 2017: Transat Tours Canada has announced the appointment of Bruno Munoz to the position of Business Development Representative for Vancouver Island, and parts of the Lower Mainland.
 


AMAWATERWAYS APPOINTS DONNA COOK
As director of strategic initiatives

20 OCT 2017: AmaWaterways has announced the appointment of Donna Cook to the newly created position of Director, Strategic Initiatives.  Reporting to Chief Marketing Officer, Jerre Fuqua, Cook will be working on a variety of new programmes to evaluate and improve the performance of strategic marketing and sales initiatives.
 


NATHALIE TANIOUS HEADS UP TRAVELBRANDS SPECIALTY BRANDS

13 OCT 2017: TravelBrands has announced that vice president Nathalie Tanious will now be overlooking TravelBrands specialty brands, including Exotic Tours and Boomerang Tours. Tanious currently manages TravelBrands’ FIT, Sunquest and cruise division. and has made tremendous strides for our company. She is working closely with the specialty brands team to ensure a smooth transition and continued success.


Annick Guérard appointed Transat’s Chief Operating Officer

11 OCT 2017: Transat A.T. Inc. has announced the appointment of Annick Guérard as the company’s chief operating officer, effective November 1. In her new role, Guérard will head all of Transat’s travel operations, including the Air Transat business unit.


APPOINTMENT
Federico Berardinucci to Air Canada Vacations

11 OCT 2017: Effective immediately, Air Canada Vacations has appointed Federico Berardinucci as manager, National Sales, at the Mississauga office. Berardinucci is no stranger to the travel industry, with over 15 years of experience in the car rental, travel insurance and airline business.


FRANCIS RILEY LEAVES NORWEGIAN

02 OCT 2017: Francis Riley has left Norwegian Cruise Line following a restructuring. Riley, who was senior vice-president international, was based in Miami. On Thursday NCL denied there would be any job losses involved in a restructuring of its UK operation, but Friday confirmed that Riley, a UK national, was no longer with the company.


ETIHAD APPOINTS GROUP CEO
Tony Douglas assumes role in New Year

29 SEP 2017: The chairman of Etihad Aviation Group, Mohamed Mubarak Fadhel Al Mazrouei, confirmed the appointment of Tony Douglas as Group CEO, who will join the company in January 2018. Douglas joins Etihad from the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence, where he has served as CEO, responsible for procuring and supporting all the equipment and services for the British Armed Forces.
 


NEW SALES MANAGER FOR CONTIKI
South Western Ontario and Atlantic Canada

22 SEP 2017: Contiki has announced the appointment of Ian Kivell as its new Sales Manager for South Western Ontario and the Atlantic Canada regions effective immediately. Contiki is committed to increasing millennial sales for its travel agent partners, and as a result, has added an additional sales manager to its growing Eastern Canada portfolio.


NEW TEAM MEMBERS

21 SEP 2017: The Travel Agent Next Door has added five new team members this month. The fast-growing host agency recently added team members in admin support, accounting and marketing.

 


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.

 

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