Appointments

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. MORE

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. MORE

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.   MORE

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. MORE

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.”   MORE

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.   MORE

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.   MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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.  MORE

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.  MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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.  MORE

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. MORE

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.   MORE

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.   MORE

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.   MORE

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.   MORE

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.   MORE

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. MORE

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.   MORE

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. MORE
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