Holiday Pacific has announced the appointment of Bijal Thanavala as country manager for India. She comes with an experience of over 13 years in the tourism industry out of which the last eight years she was in the employment of Qantas Airways.
Kuoni India has announced the appointment of Rajeev G Wagle as new managing director with immediate effect. He succeeds Rajiv Duggal. Wagle joins Kuoni India from UTV Software Communications where he was responsible as group CFO. Wagle was associated with Kuoni India from 2000 till 2008 as CFO. In his new role as managing director at Kuoni India, he would be responsible for steering the company to greater heights.
Travel Designer India Group
Vijay Puthran has joined the team RezLive.com as national head sales – India. Puthran has extensive 34 years of experience in travel trade, in depth functional knowledge in overall functions of the organisation including sales, marketing, operations and PR work pertaining to cruise lines, leisure outbound and inbound.
Emirates has announced management changes to its commercial operations department. The airline has promoted Essa Sulaiman Ahmad, as vice president India and Nepal and Orhan Abbas as senior vice president commercial operations – The Americas. In addition to this Ahmed Khoory, has been appointed as the senior vice president commercial operations West Asia and Indian Ocean.
MSC Cruises – India
Amit Mathur has been appointed as country head – India, MSC Cruises, based in Mumbai. He assumes responsibility of driving MSC cruises business in India and establishing them as one of the leading cruise players in the country. He has over 15 years of experience with GDS and airline business in India.
The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has announced the promotion of Puangthip Chotipantawanon as director of operations and will be reporting to Sheila Leong, chief operating officer. She is responsible for operations across all departments to provide an association-wide support structure to actively and regularly engage with members.
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Greg Berman has been appointed as COO of eRevMax International. In his role as COO at eRevMax, he will be responsible for developing the commercial operations and product delivery in support of the business’ global expansion and market penetration.
Prior to joining eRevMax, he spent seven years at HBSi, a US-based Hospitality Electronic Distribution provider.
TUI Travel India has announced the appointment of Shashank Shekhar Mishra as assistant vice president- Sports. As AVP – Sports, Mishra will assume the leadership position and be responsible for developing and implementing strategic initiatives for the sports division of TUI India. Prior to joining TUI, he was heading SOTC Sports which is the sports vertical of Kuoni India. In his other previous roles he held many distinguished positions at travel companies like Kuoni, Thomas Cook, Cox & Kings, etc.
SilkAir has appointed Leslie Thng as the new chief executive. Thng takes over from Marvin Tan, who will be returning to parent company Singapore Airlines. Thng joined SilkAir as a board director on April 1, 2012 and is currently SIA’s vice president Network Planning. He has been with SIA for more than 13 years, during which time he has held positions in head office as well as overseas. Before taking up his current post in Network Planning in December 2011, Thng had been based in Frankfurt as general manager Germany since June 2009.
TripAdvisor has announced the appointment of Cindy Tan as vice president of Display Advertising Sales, Asia Pacific. Based in Singapore, Tan will lead a team in continuing to drive the growth of the business in Asia Pacific, including China, India and Japan. She brings with her 14 years of experience across sales, marketing and business development in the media industry. Prior to this, she was at BBC Worldwide.