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IAAI – Maharashtra

The newly formed Maharashtra State Committee of the IATA Agents Association of India (IAAI) has elected T U Shamsuddin as its president. Other members include Sanjay Khot (vice president) and Chetan Gandhi as secretary.

Tourism Australia

Tourism Australia has appointed Karyn Kent as the new regional general manager – Southeast Asia to replace Maggie White. Kent will commence the Singapore based role in December. She joins Tourism Australia from the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) where she is director of sales, responsible for commercial partnerships and the state’s international marketing activities.

Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways has appointed John Evans as its new general manager for the Philippines. Evans has more than 35 years of experience in airline operations including senior management roles at Swissair and Gulf Air in the UK and Thailand. He has transferred to the Manila-based position from Cyprus, where he was Etihad Airways’ general manager for the past year.


Emirates has appointed Jabr Al-Azeeby as area manager for Thailand and Indochina. He replaces Khalid Salim Saeed Salim Bardan who has spearheaded the airline’s growth in the area for the last three and a half years. Al-Azeeby brings to Thailand extensive experience in the aviation industry since beginning his career as Area Manager in Uganda with Emirates from 2008 to 2011.

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines has appointed Hsieh Tsun-yan and Gautam Banerjee to its board as independent non-executive directors. Both will join the Board Audit Committee and Board Compensation & Industrial Relations Committee. A Canadian citizen and Singapore Permanent Resident, Hsieh has, since 2008, been chairman and lead counselor of leadership services firm LinHart Group. A Singapore citizen, Banerjee has been with professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers Singapore for 30 years.

Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Trudy Rautio, president and chief executive officer of Carlson, has been appointed chairman of the Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) board of directors. Rautio has served as a member of the CWT board since August 2006. She succeeds Hubert Joly, who resigned from the CWT board on 17 August 2012.

Pegasus Financial Services

Pegasus Solutions has appointed Jennifer Sampson as vice president, product management of Pegasus Financial Services. A 13-year veteran of Pegasus, Sampson has served as operations manager, product manager, director and senior director of products, and implementations manager.

British Airways

British Airways has announced the formulation of a commercial team for India. Anjali Puri has been appointed as the commercial development manager – South Asia. Having been with BA for 12 years, Puri will now be responsible for all sales related activities for the region.

Nepali Gandhi has been appointed as the corporate sales manager for South Asia, British Airways. She will now be responsible for all sales activities related to the Corporate Channel in the region.

Tarun Minocha has been appointed as British Airways’ trade sales manager for South Asia and will be responsible for development and implementation of trade sales strategy. He will be working closely with commercial and business development; revenue development and corporate sales teams to deliver the business plan initiatives.

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