Appointments

MICKY ARISON RETURNS AS FCCA CHAIRMAN
27 DEC 2018: The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association has announced Carnival Corp chairman Micky Arison as chairman of the FCCA executive committee. He takes over on January 2, following the completed term of Adam Goldstein, vice chairman of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.   MORE

EXECUTIVE REALIGNMENT AT AIR CANADA
20 DEC 2018: Air Canada announced the appointments of Michael Rousseau to the new position of deputy chief executive officer and chief financial officer, and Craig Landry to executive vice president, operations, effective January 1. Rousseau and Landry are both based in Montreal, reporting to Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada's president and CEO. MORE

MARILYN CONROY TO RIVIERA RIVER CRUISES
19 DEC 2018: Marilyn Conroy has joined Riviera River Cruises as vice president of Sales and Marketing for North America. Conroy will oversee a team of dedicated regional sales directors at Riviera River Cruises, the United Kingdom’s largest European river cruise operator with an office in Fairfield, Connecticut. Riviera River Cruises is known for five-star ships and a five-star experience at an exceptional value, and its dedication to the travel agent community. MORE

DIRECTOR AT TRANSAT
17 DEC 2018: Jean-Marc Eustache, Chair of the Board of Directors and President and Chief Executive Officer of Transat has announced that Ian Rae has joined the company's Board as an independent director. "Mr. Rae brings to the table considerable expertise in the field of technology and new digital-driven business models," Eustache said. MORE

ANNE RIGAIL APPOINTED CEO OF AIR FRANCE
13 DEC 2018: Air France has announced that Anne Rigail will become the CEO of the airline. She will replace Benjamin Smith, who was appointed acting CEO of Air France through the end of 2018. Previously the airline’s executive vice president customer service, Rigail will assume her new role as CEO on December 17. MORE

NEW CMO AT AMA WATERWAYS
10 DEC 2018: AmaWaterways announced the expansion of its senior leadership team, naming Janet Bava chief marketing officer. Effective immediately, Bava will be responsible for the company’s strategic and tactical marketing areas with a special focus on working with travel partners to develop a more personalized approach to guest communication and lead generation. MORE

CLIA ANNOUNCES NEW CEO
29 NOV 2018: Cruise Lines International Association has announced that its Global Executive Committee has appointed Kelly Craighead as president and chief executive officer effective January 1, 2019. Craighead will be taking over the role currently held by Cindy D'Aoust, who in July of this year announced her intent to leave her position by year’s end. MORE

NEW CEO FOR BOSTON CVB
20 NOV 2018: Rhode Island's top tourism official has been named the new head of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Martha Sheridan has been selected to be the new CEO, succeeding Pat Moscaritolo, who retires in February 2019. MORE

EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS AT TOURISM TORONTO
14 NOV 2018: Tourism Toronto announced new executive appointments today, aligned with the organization’s strategic priorities. Andrew Weir has been named to the new position of executive vice president, Destination Development, and Jon Mamela will join Tourism Toronto as executive vice president and chief marketing officer. Both appointments take effect on January 1, 2019. MORE

LEMAY LEAVING AIR TRANSAT
12 NOV 2018: The president of Air Transat is leaving the airline after five years at the helm. The tour operator Transat A.T. Inc. announced that Jean-Francois Lemay would leave in a few months. Chief operating officer Annick Guerard said in a release that he is leaving to “take on new challenges.” MORE

NEW CEO AT ALLIANZ GLOBAL ASSISTANCE CANADA
08 NOV 2018: Allianz Global Assistance, a Canadian travel insurance and assistance provider, has appointed Chris Van Kooten as chief executive officer, effective immediately. Kooten brings extensive insurance industry experience to his new position, having held executive leadership roles with a number of well-respected Canadian companies. MORE

ACV QUEBEC APPOINTMENT
06 NOV 2018: Air Canada Vacations has appointed Mary-Gina Mercier to the role of Area Sales Manager – Quebec effective immediately. Mercier will cover Downtown and South Shore Montreal, and the regions of Estrie, Lanaudiere and Mauricie.   MORE

CHRISTIAN ROUSSIN TO PLAYA HOTELS AND RESORTS
01 NOV 2018:  Playa Hotels & Resorts has announced the expansion of their Canadian sales team with the addition of Christian Rousssin as Business Development Manager of Quebec and Atlantic Canada as of November 5. MORE

DEAN DACKO REGIONAL PRESIDENT UNIGLOBE EASTERN CANADA
25 OCT 2018: UNIGLOBE Travel (Eastern Canada) has announced the appointment of Dean Dacko to the position of Regional President of the UNIGLOBE Eastern Canada Region effective immediately. In his new role Dacko will be directly responsible for the continued growth and success of the region with a primary focus on new business development, brand marketing, and building relations with all stakeholders domestically and internationally. MORE

AMERICAN EXPRESS GBT APPOINTMENT
New VP and GM for Canada
18 OCT 2018: American Express Global Business Travel announced the appointment of Patrick Doyle to vice president and general manager for Canada. Doyle oversees the commercial relationships in the region, and manages a team of professionals that help serve key Canadian clients. MORE

SUNWING APPOINTS LYNE CHAYER AS GM IN QUEBEC
02 OCT 2018: Sunwing Travel Group has announced the recent appointment of Lyne Chayer as general manager, Quebec. A seasoned professional in the travel and aviation industry with over 20 years’ experience in directing marketing campaigns across both consumer and trade channels, Chayer’s strategic knowledge and commercial acumen will play a strong part in the next phase of Sunwing Travel Group’s exciting growth in the Quebec market. MORE

SHERRI BOURNE AT TRANSAT
25 SEP 2018: Transat has announced the appointment of Sherri Bourne as business development manager, Atlantic Canada, responsible for representing Transat’s Sun, Europe and Cruise package product. MORE

CARLO RINALDI TO UNIWORLD
19 SEP 2018: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has announced the appointment of Carlo Rinaldi as district sales manager for Eastern Canada effective immediately. Rinaldi comes to his new role with over 15 years of experience in the Canadian hospitality and travel industry, most recently at Porter Airlines as one of the founding members of its sales team. MORE

ROYAL SCENIC APPOINTS ROBERT DUNGAN AS PRESIDENT
17 SEP 2018: Ivy Yeung, CEO of Royal Scenic, has announced the appointment of Robert Dungan as President. Dungan has considerable airline and industry experience having worked at Air Canada for over five years in a multitude of roles with increased responsibility. MORE

CHANGES AT WESTJET
07 SEP 2018: WestJet announced changes to its sales leadership. Effective immediately, Lyell Farquharson, Vice-President, Sales, has left WestJet. The airline will be recruiting a permanent replacement for this position, but in the interim, the following members of our Commercial Leadership team will cover all key sales areas:  MORE

CRYSTAL JONES AT GLOBUS
05 SEP 2018: Kim Clarke, director of sales for the Globus family of brands, has announced a new appointment to the company’s Canadian sales team. Crystal Jones has been promoted from Call Centre to Inside Sales, covering GTA North and West, 613 area code, South and Northwestern Ontario and Atlantic Canada.   MORE

DISNEY DESTINATIONS ANNOUNCES
District sales manager Western Canada
30 AUG 2018: Tanya Idzan has joined the Disney Destinations sales team as District Sales Manager, Western Canada, covering a one year maternity leave for Angela (Stecca) Cain. Tanya has over 20 years of experience in the Travel Industry as a District Sales Manager and in travel agency sales.    MORE

UNIQUE VACATIONS CANADA ADDS TO SALES TEAM
30 AUG 2018: Maureen Barnes-Smith, Director of Sales & Marketing, Unique Vacations Canada has announced the appointment of two new members to her Outside Sales team, effective immediately.  Both new team members will be based in Western Canada to work closely with travel agents, tour operators and tourist board partners in their respective regions.  MORE

NEW SALES AND BUSINESS MANAGER FOR CONTIKI
29 AUG 2018: Contiki has announced the appointment of Brad Weiler as its new Sales and Business Development Manager for the Greater Toronto Area and Northeastern Ontario regions effective immediately. Weiler comes to his new role with extensive knowledge of the travel trade business from his time based in Australia at Unleashed Grad Trips. MORE

NEW PRESIDENT AND CSO AT AIMIA
28 AUG 2018: Aimia Inc. has named Nathaniel Felsher as president and chief strategy officer, less than a week after announcing a deal to sell its flagship Aeroplan loyalty programme to a consortium led by Air Canada. Felsher is from Deutsche Bank, where he co-headed the firm's aviation corporate and investment banking group. MORE
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