Peakwork tips in for global sales, Travelport CCO to leave, Skyscanner engineering boss, and more…

This is a roundup of news and announcements for PEOPLE moves in travel, tourism and hospitality for October 2015:

Friday 30 October 2015:

Peakwork establishes global sales operations in London

  • Running the new London office will be sales director Fabrizio Melis, having joined Peakwork from Tourico Holidays where he was vice president sales in EMEA. The travel distribution and IT provider has around 170 employees at locations in Germany, UK and the US.

Wednesday 28 October 2015:

Travelport CCO quits, Telefonia exec comes in

  • Kurt Ekert is leaving the company at the end of this year when his position relocates to Travelport’s UK office, with Stephen Shurrock stepping in from 4 January 2016. Shurrock is currently head of Telefonica’s global consumer division and has previously held roles that include CEO of O2 Ireland, CEO of its new digital business and innovation. Prior to joining Telefonica is 2001, Shurrock CFO of the Excite web portal in the UK.

Tuesday 27 October 2015:

Skyscanner hires ex-Amazon head

  • Bryan Dove joins the metasearch site as senior vice president of engineering, after leaving a director of engineering role at Amazon’s S3. Overseeing two dedicated IT hubs in London and Budapest, Dove has also previously worked at Skype and Microsoft.

Rainmaker Group hires MD for APAC

  • Patrick Andres will be based in Singapore and head operations in the region for the US-based hospitality tech company. He was most recently at Duetto as its VP for APAC, after stints with Travelport, Sabre and Micros-Fidelio.

Monday 26 October 2015:

Dreamlines cruises with ex-Agoda director

  • Arjan van der Meer joins the cruise operator portal as its chief technology officer, based in Hamburg, Germany. He was previously director of engineering at Priceline Group-owned APAC accommodation service Agoda.

Thursday 15 October 2015:

TrustYou gets an APAC advisor

  • Jens Parkitny will assist in TrustYou’s plans to expand in Asia-Pacific after its recent take-over of Brand Karma’s online reputation management business. Until July this year, when he left to become a consultant, Parkitny was VP for digital marketing and distribution at Accor. He has previously run the APAC division at Expedia Affiliate Network.

Monday 12 October 2015

Tuniu vet nails promotion

  • Nasdaq-listed Chinese travel firm Tuniu has promoted Fuwei Chen to the position of chief marketing officer. Chen was a member of the team which founded Tuniu in 2006 and has held a number of senior roles covering technology research & development and website &  mobile.

Extra help at Ryanair

  • Ryanair has named Greg O’Gorman as its director of ancillary revenue. He joins from easyJety where he was head of ancillary and his CV also includes a stint at Expedia where he was head of business development for Expedia Affiliate Network in the UK/Ireland and Scandinavia.

Friday 9 October, 2015.

BLIP boosts sales team

  • Christian Bak and Mads Bo Frederiksen have been appointed sales managers at BLIP Systems. The company says it’s gearing up for “strategic growth in the advanced business intelligence markets.” Denmark-based BLIP specialises in collecting data to improve traveller flow and has already improved queuing times at a number of US airports. Bak has a background in international sales and recently worked with the airline and airport sector while Frederiksen has held roles in video surveillance and prediction software.

TripAdvisor appoints new chief financial officer

  • Ernst Teunissen will become TripAdvisor new CFO from November 9, replacing Julie Bradley who joined in October 2011 and will remain with the company until November 20 this year to oversee the transition. Teunissen moves to TripAdvisor from Cimpress where he was executive vice president and CFO. He has had a long career in banking and consulting.

Inside Out Media hires Robert Patterson

  • Robert Patterson moves to the company, parent of iExplore and TravelMindSet brands, to becomes its vice president of content strategy and business development. He previously had a similar role, also covering social media, at travel advertising agency MMGY.

NB: People moves in travel  image via Shutterstock.

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