Pegasus recruits Steitz, Interes division, Tiger Bay addition and more

This is a roundup of announcements related to people moves and business expansions in June 2017.

Friday 30 June 2017:

Pegasus recruits Steitz

  • The distribution and hospitality software company has appointed Phil Steitz as its chief technology officer. Steitz formerly held a similar role at Deem and American Express.

Tuesday 27 June 2017:

Interes restructures and promotes

  • The German travel tech firm has created two divisions to reflect its widening customer base. The Travel Distribution unit has promoted Michael Ehlers to the role of director of software development, giving him a seat on its executive board as a result. The new Airlines Solutions division will be run by Interes veteran Alexander von Bernstorff and will concentrate on retailing products based on NDC.

Tiger Bay expands

  • The UK-based tour operator software specialist has launched a Digital Services division to offer a dedicated resource for web design, search marketing, data analytics etc. The division is headed up by Ben Roseveare.

Friday 23 June 2017:

New home for HomeAway

  • HomeAway has signed a lease on a new 16-storey 315,000 square-foot office tower in Austin’s The Domain mixed-use district, starting the first quarter of 2019. The office can handle an additional 2000 employees and will be the base for its product and design, engineering and information technology teams.

Thursday 22 June 2017:

Datalex lands at Shannon

  • Datalex and Boeing are part of a new aviation and travel tech incubator to be based as Shannon Airport in Ireland. The “Propeller Shannon” initiative also has the airport’s parent company and DCU Ryan Academy – a not-for-profit partnership between Dublin City University and the Ryan Family – behind it.

Tramada targets North America

  • Tramada, an  Australian travel process automation specialist for corporate and leisure agencies, has appointed Mary Ellen George to head up its push into North America. She was most recently VP of sales for HRG North America. Tramada handles some $4 billion-worth of bookings from its clients in Australia and New Zealand.

Tuesday 20 June 2017:

Inntopia hires new VP

  • Pam Mackenzie joins the marketing and travel intelligence service as its new senior vice president of employee and partner engagement. She joins from the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, where she was a strategy director for nine months, following a five stint as CEO of DeckerZinn.

Monday 19 June 2017:

Amadeus rejigs exec team

  • Vice president EMEA for travel channels, Decius Valmorbida, will take on a senior vice president role for the same division on a global scale. He replaces Laurens Leurink who is leaving the business after a handover period for personal reasons.

Sabre hires Asia exec

  • Axel Bench becomes regional director South, North and South East Asia, for the travel tech giant, joining from Harris Aviation Solutions where he was global sales director. He forms part of a trio of managers in the region alongside Peter Wu (mainland China) and Scott Barratt (Pacific region and Japan).

Thursday 15 June 2017:

Cvent plots headcount increase

  • The meeting tech provider says it will hire 200 new employees by the end of 2017, as it looks to break into new markets. The US-based company recently opened offices in Singapore and Australia in its bid to grow the business in Asia-Pacific.

Wednesday 14 June 2017:

APAC appointment at Travelport Digital

  • Ailsa Brown has been named as vice president, Asia Pacific for Travelport Digital, the unit which oversees its Locomote and MTT businesses with a focus on mobile. She has held various roles at Travelport over the past ten years.

Tuesday 13 June 2017:

TravelCar expands to US

  • The airport parking and car-share provider will open an office in Los Angeles to coincide with launching its first US destination in the city, with 20 hires expected by the end of 2017. The brand already operates in 30 countries and 200 locations.

Thursday 8 June 2017:

TravelBird CEO switch

  • Steven Klooster becomes the boss of the online travel company, taking over from co-founder Symen Jansma who will remain as an advisor and director. The new CEO was previously chief financial officer at the company from 2014 after joining from Lyst. He has a venture capital background from stints at Warburg Pinkus and SG.

Wednesday 7 June 2017:

Travelport hires China chief

  • Ming Foong becomes managing director for the Greater China Region at the travel tech giant, based in Hong Kong. He was most recently director for the online travel agencies for Asia-Pacific and business development in North Asia and Japan. Foong has also worked at eBay, MSN and Bing.

BookingTek takes MICROS exec

  • The hotel booking software provider has hired Jenny Kurdle as its new senior vice president for the US. She was previously executive VP for US and Canada at MICROS and will now be based at BookingTek’s Washington DC office.

Friday 2 June 2017:

Sabre lands in Turkish capital

  • Ankara will house a new office for Sabre as it looks to establish a training centre for agencies in the region and support its Travel Network Business. Sabre has already launched a new of apps for its Red Marketplace that specifically target the Turkish marketplace, such as Troya and Arkman.

Thursday 1 June 2017:

Concur expands to South Korea

  • The expense and travel management service will join parent company SAP’s team in Seoul. Barry Long will become vice president of global sales in Asia-Pacific for Concur, whilst Jaesung Kim is head of sales for Concur in Korea.

Sabre promotes for c-level role

  • Rachel Gonzalez becomes executive vice president and chief administrative officer at the tech giant, having been promoted from a previous position of EVP and general counsel. EVP and chief human resources officer William Robinson is leaving in September this year.

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