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Who got a new gig this week? Check out this week's travel industry's Movers and Shakers!

Who got a new gig this week? Check out this week’s travel industry’s Movers and Shakers!



1. Abacus appoints Peter Li as GM for China

Peter Li.

Peter Li.

Abacus International, the Asia Pacific region’s leading travel solutions provider, today announced the appointment of online travel veteran Peter Li to a new role as General Manager for the company’s expanding China operations.

Reporting directly to Brett Henry, Vice President – Commercial, Li will build on the collaborative strategy that has established Abacus as China’s complementary foreign Global Distribution System (GDS) used by a fast growing network of international travel agents.

Li brings with him over 17 years of experience, most recently overseeing business development at TripAdvisor where he was particularly instrumental in educating China’s hoteliers on the online opportunity, connecting them with wider domestic and overseas audiences. Li also previously focussed the China strategy for TravelClick, Travelzoo and Accor, with the benefit of experience working for China International Travel Service and with Northwest Airlines.

“We are delighted to have Peter on the team to help us further scale Abacus’ business on the mainland.”

                 Chairman for Abacus China Jack Zhai

“I’m really thrilled to be joining the regional technology leader as we look at new ways to contribute to this market’s further integration and development.”

                  Peter Li


2. Allianz Global Assistance appoints Brad Smith as Chief Sales Officer

Brad Smith.

Brad Smith.

Allianz Global Assistance (AGA), the international leader in assistance services, has appointed Brad Smith as Chief Sales Officer.

Previously General Manager of Assistance and Networks at Allianz Global Assistance, Brad oversaw end-to-end functions associated with the management of the Assistance Contact Centre, Operations, External Provider Networks, Procurement and Building Services.

In his new role as Chief Sales Officer, Brad is responsible for the direction and management of the Allianz Global Assistance Sales and Distribution department, focusing on driving revenue for the company’s multiple channels and building strong relationships with valued partners.

“Brad’s wealth of experience in our business and his proven history in exceeding customer satisfaction targets through operational excellence led to the natural appointment.”

                   John Myler, CEO of Allianz Global Assistance

“We are delighted to have appointed Brad as the lead contact for our partners. His deep understanding of the insurance and assistance market and ability to build effective relationships at all levels will no doubt prove invaluable to our partners who all rely on Allianz Global Assistance to continually perform and add value to their organisations.”

Brad Smith commented, “I am delighted to hold this new position within the Allianz Global Assistance team and I look forward to strategising ways to maintain business momentum. I am passionate about creating meaningful relationships with our customers and I want to ensure they remain the absolute focus.”


3. A new Executive General Manager for Ecruising

Alastair Fernie.

Alastair Fernie.

Ecruising is delighted to announce the appointment of Alastair Fernie to the newly created position of executive general manager which will see him have overall responsibility for the day to day operation of the Australian business.

Mr Fernie was previously general manager of Harvey’s Choice Holidays and launched Harvey’s Choice Cruising before creating The Cruise Team wholesale business for the integrated JTG then Helloworld retail group. Mr Fernie also brings extensive airline knowledge to the company with previous senior positions with Qantas, Air New Zealand and British Airways.

Founder and chairman of the Ecruising group of companies Brett Dudley said that since starting operations almost 15 years ago the cruise industry in Australia has experienced rapid growth which has contributed to ecruising’s great success.

“We want to take the company to another level and with Alastair taking care of the day to day operations; I’ll be focusing on a number of new opportunities both in Australia and internationally”.

Ecruising celebrates its 15 year anniversary next month and is poised to enter a new phase of the company’s evolution. Together with Mr Fernie’s experience, Ecruising will be well positioned to capitalise on the huge growth occurring in the Asia Pacific region for cruising holidays.

Mr Fernie said, “Ecruising revolutionised online cruise holidays in Australia and has a recognised history of experience and success in the industry.

“I am delighted to join Brett and the ecruising team and to be part of their exciting future.”

                Alastair Fernie


4. Hertz appoints Lynn Adams-Pearce as new National manager, Sales in NZ

Lynn Adams-Pearce.

Lynn Adams-Pearce.

The Hertz Corporation, the world’s leading general use car rental brand, welcomes Lynn Adams-Pearce to the position of a National Manager, Sales in New Zealand. Lynn will be based in Auckland and will report to Lisa Miller, Director of Sales for Australia and New Zealand.

As the National Manager, Sales Lynn’s role is to ensure the continuation and development of partnerships with key clients and new business across New Zealand. Lynn will be responsible for the growth and retention of existing clients within corporate, insurance, government and travel management companies, as well as developing new and existing customer relationships throughout New Zealand.

“Having worked together with Hertz for a number of years, I have always had respect for their commitment to providing customers with the highest level of service,” said Lynn.

“I am extremely pleased to now be joining the team and will ensure the continuation and development of partnerships with key clients, industry partners and new customers.”

                Lynn Adams-Pearce


5. Norwegian Cruise Line appoints Jason Montague President and Chief Operating Officer

Jason Montague.

Jason Montague.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. announced today that Jason Montague has been named President and Chief Operating Officer of Prestige Cruise Holdings, Inc. effective today, following the resignation of Kunal S. Kamlani. Montague was instrumental in launching Oceania Cruises in 2002 and is widely regarded as one of the original co-founders of the company.

“As we continue to refine the future organization, Jason stands out as a leader who is knowledgeable about the brands and is so passionate about them,” said Kevin Sheehan, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

“Jason’s financial background also aligns well with our corporate culture and strong focus on financial discipline.”

                 Kevin Sheehan

Prestige Cruise Holdings, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Frank Del Rio noted that Montague had played a key part in creating the great brands that have been built at Prestige. “We are confident that both the Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands will continue to prosper and grow with Jason at the helm,” said Del Rio.

Commenting on his new role Jason Montague said:”I am truly excited to take the helm of these two amazing brands which have had so much success and have such a bright future ahead.”


6. New Manager at Siam@Siam

Geev Andre Bahrampoori.

Geev Andre Bahrampoori.

Thailand’s Siam@Siam hotel group has appointed Geev Andre Bahrampoori as hotel manager of their Design Hotel in Bangkok, following his role as executive assistant manager at the Dream Hotel Bangkok.

Mr Bahrompoori has been in the hotel industry for more than seven years after commencing his career as operations manager at the Amari Orchid Resort in Pattaya.

He has also held the posts of executive assistant manager at Amari Coral Beach at Phuket, following roles with the Marriott group in operations at Pattaya and director of food and beverage at the Courtyard by Marriott in Indonesia.


7. Tourism Fiji to announce new CEO Soon Ken Freer to resign as Director Global Marketing

Ken Freer.

Ken Freer.

Tourism Fiji today announced its acceptance of the resignation of Ken Freer, Tourism Fiji’s Director of Global Marketing. Freer, who joined Tourism Fiji in 2013, who is leaving to pursue other career aspirations.

“The Board is currently finalising details of the new Acting CEO and Acting Director Global Marketing in light of Ken’s resignation, details of which will be shared in the ensuing days.

Despite these internal changes, the various marketing initiatives across Tourism Fiji’s global offices will of course carry on as normal. The Board is confident to be able to announce a new CEO for Tourism Fiji very soon.”

“We’d like to thank Ken for his contribution to Tourism Fiji as Global Marketing Director, and for stepping into the Acting CEO role for Tourism Fiji for a number of months. We wish him well for the future.”

                Stefan Pichler, Tourism Fiji Chairman


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