Sojern lands in Dublin, Datalex expands Manchester centre, and more…
This is a roundup of news and announcements for travel people in April 2017.
Friday 21 April 2017:
Sojern lands in Dublin
- The travel marketing specialist has opened an office in the Irish capital, using the base as a spearhead for its RevDirect tool for managing and analysing directing bookings for hotels. Angela Canny will lead the office as regional sales director for EMEA, following previous roles at the Guinness Storehouse and BDL Ireland.
Datalex opens Manchester unit
- The airline commerce specialist plans to double the workforce at its Manchester in the UK and open a centre of excellence. Currently 30 people work in the city’s office, with plans to expand its range of services in software development.
Thursday 20 April 2017:
- Montie Brewer, ex-CEO and president of the national airline, becomes a board director at the airline technology company. He headed Air Canada between 2004 and 2009 following other senior roles at United, Northwest, Braniff and Trans World Airlines.
Booking.com opens call centre in Canada
- The Toronto facility will have more than 200 people by the end of 2017, with a target of up to 600 by 2022. Employees will handle customer service through incoming calls, email and messaging platforms.
Zaplox expands to North America
- Emma Dupont becomes sales director for the region at the Sweden-based mobile key provider. She comes in from Expedia where she was most recently an associate market manager for two years after joining initially in September 2014.
Tuesday 18 April 2017:
Sabre expands APAC chief role
- Roshan Mendis will become senior vice president of global distribution and corporate travel business in EMEA alongside his existing APAC duties, giving him responsibility for commercial operations and business development in both markets. Mendis has worked in the Sabre empire in a variety guises since 1997, covering Travelocity, Zuji and, most recently, at the mothership.
TrustYou expands to Southern Africa
- The reputation management company has appointed Namibia-based Rainmaker Digital to handle distribution of its products in the region. TrustYou’s Meta-Reviews, Trustscore widgets and API data will also be integrated into the Rainmaker Digital‘s products.
Broadvine appoints product chief
- Josh Anderson becomes vice president of product development at the business intellifgence and analytics software provider. He has previously held senior positions at Dude Solutions, StepLeader and REAL.
Thursday 13 April 2017:
Amadeus rejigs APAC senior team
- Cyril Tetaz becomes head of commercial for the Amadeus airlines group in the region, moving over from a similar role for Japan and China, and previously director of airline distribution marketing. Jonathan Tong and Abdullah Ozkececi become head of airline IT solutions and head of airline IT sales respectively for Asia-Pacific, Russia, Turkey and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
Tuesday 11 April 2017:
- Christine Petersen will head the Time Out Digital Business as CEO, following her appointment in February this year. She was previously CMO and president of TripAdvisor For Business between 2004 and 2013.
Wednesday 5 April 2017
Sabre adds to ecommerce and distribution role
- Rakesh Narayanan joins as vice president of supplier commerce, Asia Pacific, for Sabre Travel Network. Narayanan has worked within Sabre for 20 years and most recently was regional director for Sabre Airline Solutions in South East Asia and the Indian Sub-Continent.
Monday 3 April 2017
SilverRail recruits from Google
- Phil Dixon has joined rail connectivity specialist as chief information officer. Dixon will be responsible for all customer services including IT systems, infrastructure and operations. He will also be building his team out across all locations. Prior to SilverRail he spent five years at Google where he helped build a team to make the integration of acquired companies smoother.
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