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Appointments

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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.

 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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: 


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.  


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. 
 


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.
 


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.


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.


COLLETTE ANNOUNCES NEW HEAD OF SALES IN CANADA

27 AUG 2018: Collette, international tour operator with more than 100 years of experience, announces the appointment of George Christakis to Head of Sales for the Canadian office.


LEANNE HILL JOINS MSC CRUISES

23 AUG 2018: MSC Cruises has named Leanne Hill Business Development Manager for Western and Central Canada. Based in Vancouver, Hill will be responsible for all agencies and operators from Manitoba to British Columbia.


TRAFALGAR HIRES NEW SALES MANAGER FOR ALBERTA

16 AUG 2018: Trafalgar has announced the appointment of Kaylyn Skulski as Sales Manager for Alberta.  

Skulski joins Trafalgar with many years of experience in sales and marketing, and has been in the travel industry for the past two years working on a cruise ship followed by a travel agency.


TIM MORGAN TO VIRTUOSO
Director of Business Strategy

01 AUG 2018: Global luxury travel agency network Virtuoso announced that Tim Morgan has been appointed as its new director of Business Strategy for Canada. As part of Virtuoso’s Global Member Partnerships team, Morgan will assist Virtuoso in continuing its development of the luxury leisure travel market in Canada.

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