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MD Chris Hall to depart Australian Pacific Holdings after 21 years

After 21 years in the business and a legacy of award-winning success, Australian Pacific Holdings (APH) has announced the departure of its longtime leader and industry legend Chris Hall as part of a major restructure of its business.

After 21 years in the business and a legacy of award-winning success, Australian Pacific Holdings (APH) has announced the departure of its longtime leader and industry legend Chris Hall as part of a major restructure of its business.

Over the last two years, APH says there has been much consolidation within its investment portfolio in order for the company to focus on its core business – the APT Travel Group and key partner AmaWaterways.

With this consolidation, APH says there is now a natural conclusion to the APH Managing Director role and with some regret, the company has announced that Chris Hall will be leaving the business in February 2022.

Hall has been with the business for 21 years, holding senior roles across the Group including the overall ATG CEO position up until 2014, before leading the newly formed APH as Managing Director.

In recent years, APH has invested in a number of travel businesses both within and overseas. The company says these partnerships created many opportunities for the Group to expand its product offerings, diversify distribution, and participate in new areas of the industry.

Having put in place structures across the organisation, including David Cox as ATG CEO, the company says it is well prepared for future growth opportunities as travel returns.

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David Cox, ATG CEO

The McGeary family, the APH Board say the business is ready for emergence from the pandemic.

“We have appreciated Chris Hall’s leadership, not only during these tougher pandemic times but throughout his tenure as both MD of APH and CEO of APT,” said Robert McGeary and Louise Tandy (nee McGeary).

“His contribution to the business has been significant and we wish Chris all the best for his future endeavours. He will always be a respected part of our travel family.”

On his 21 year anniversary with APH/ATG Chris Hall said, “On joining the company Geoff McGeary welcomed me to his family and his amazing business he termed – the Circus.

“I feel privileged to have experienced the amazing transformation and growth that our Group has achieved over the last 20 years and to have held such important roles to be able to deliver change, achieve success, and, despite COVID impacts, position the business for a long and sustainable future.

“The circus goes on and I now hand the baton over to the current team to write the next chapter.”