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Matt Masson joins CT Partners Australia as new CEO

CT Partners has announced the appointment of Matt Masson as CEO, following the footsteps of previous CEO Ian Edwards, who sadly passed away in December last year.

CT Partners has announced the appointment of Matt Masson as CEO, following the footsteps of previous CEO Ian Edwards, who sadly passed away in December last year.

Matt Masson has been appointed as CEO of CT Partners, Australia’s leading independent travel buying group, comprising 22 of the largest independent travel companies specialising in corporate and premium leisure travel with a combined turnover in excess of $1 billion.

Masson succeeds Ian Edwards who had been in the role since 2008 and sadly passed away just days prior to Christmas 2020.

CT Partners chairman, Barry Mayo, says “Matt’s appointment is effective from today and comes at a pivotal time for the industry. Like everyone in the industry, we are waiting for a clear roadmap from the government as we are confident there is a huge amount of pent-up demand.

“Matt, ably supported by CT Partners General Manager Supplier Partnerships, Nicole Boyer, is the ideal person to lead CT Partners strategic growth out of the forced pause created by COVID-19. Matt has a strong record of developing mutually rewarding business partnerships.”

CT Partners Matt Masson

Masson joins CT Partners with over 10 years of senior management experience in tourism and hospitality with two years as general manager at the McLachlan Travel Group, two years as Group Managing Director of Buffalo Tours based in Singapore, and six years with Trails of Indochina in Ho Chi Minh City where he was CEO (3-years) and COO (3-years). 

During Masson’s time with Buffalo Tours, the destination management company had operations in 11 countries in Asia and sales offices in North America, Australia and the United Kingdom with over 500 full-time employees and an annual turnover of $100 million.

Masson says “I was attracted to CT Partners by the quality of its membership, its financially transparent business model, and the fact that it is 100% owned by its members. I appreciate the trust given by the board and one of my early objectives will be to attract new members, with my main priority being to increase the profitability of both existing and new members“. 

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