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People news continued...WEXAS TravelManaging Director Steve Allen has left the business to take on a new role in the in- dustry; he has been replaced by Katherine Gershon.Founder, owner and Chairman Dr Ian Wil- son said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming Katherine as our new Managing Director. She brings valuable experience from her time working in luxury travel and from the airline world, including time with Abercrom- bie & Kent, British Midland International (bmi) and Silverjet.”WEXAS, based in London, operates in both the Leisure and Corporate travel sectors, with travel brands WEXAS Travel, The Luxury Cruise Company, Best Served Scandinavia and WEXAS Travel Management.It has 55,000 members using its leisure travel service, and over 400 companies and organisations handled by the travel man- agement division.Voyages to AntiquityJos Dewing has been appointed as Senior Vice President Global Sales & Marketing and Managing Director Designate. The appointment comes as the UK based op- erator seeks to develop its brand marketing awareness and build on its growing agency and partner sales.Jos boasts a wealth of experience in cruise, having previously founded a specialist travel marketing consultancy. He has also sat on the Board of Directors at All Leisure Holidays where he controlled e-commerce, sales and marketing for two of the com- pany’s niche cruise lines, Swan Hellenic and Voyages of Discovery. More recently Jos has been Managing Director of niche cruise specialist, The Cruise Line.Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.Thomas B. Mangas has been named Execu- tive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. Mangas will be a member of Starwood’s Senior Leadership Team and report to Presi- dent and Chief Executive Officer Frits van Paasschen.Mangas most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Armstrong Floor Products, a division of Armstrong World Industries, Inc. From 2010 to 2013, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the parent com- pany, Armstrong World Industries, Inc.United AirlinesLinda Jojo has become Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, responsible for the development, imple- mentation and management of technology strategy and solutions to support United’s global business.“Linda’s significant experience leading IT or- ganizations and running complex business and consumer systems will be a tremendous asset to United as we advance our technol- ogy to become more efficient and better serve our customers and employees,” said Jeff Smisek, United’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.The Restaurant AssociationThe British Hospitality Association (BHA) has relaunched the Restaurant Association and announced the appointment of David Loewi as its new Chairman. The BHA said that Loewi, who is Managing Directorof independent restaurant group, D&D London, understands the needs of the hospitality industry.As a partner of the group, owning and operating more than 30 leading restaurants across the globe and South Place Hotel in London, he offers experience from some of the capital’s most iconic hotels, with time at Claridge’s and Hyatt International Hotels, says the BHA.The Royal CrescentHotel & SpaUnder the ownership of Topland Group, the Bath heritage hotel has recently undergone a significant renovation and meticulous restoration process, reopening its doors as a ‘British icon reborn’. And announced the appointment of Jonathan Stapleton as its new General Manager.Stapleton joins The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa following a distinguished manage- ment career. Having overseen multi-million pound refurbishment projects in Singapore, Scotland and the UK, he specialises in implementing high quality service levels, raising luxury standards, exceeding guest expectations and rebranding - achieving notable industry accolades as a resultVisitScotlandCharlie Smith has been appointed as Direc- tor of Marketing. He joins the tourism organisation following 15 years working across marketing, sales and product man- agement for large businesses such as BT, Orange, Vodafone, the Royal Bank of Scotland and most recently OVO Energy.He is also non-executive director of SportInspired, an organisation that aims to boost activity levels, confidence and life skills of young people across the UK and Ireland, through sport.He takes over the position of Marketing Director from Chief Executive Malcolm Roughead, who has performed a dual role since 2010.Roughead will remain as Chief Executive, with ‘an increased focus on delivering overarching new policies and tactics for the organisation’.“This will include a new events strategy through to 2025, a new international en- gagement strategy building on success of 2014, and an increased push on aviation and business tourism,” said the association.DuettoThe market specialist in hotel profit opti- mization software, announced the opening of a European headquarters in London, along with the appointment of Alex Barros as Vice President of Sales for EMEA. Barros is a loyalty specialist and has most recently served as Director of Sales, Southern Eu- rope & Latin America for SiteMinder.In July, Duetto announced a $21 million funding led by Accel Partners to continue its expansion into key markets throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.KLMHas promoted deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer Pieter Elbers to the role of Chief Executive Officer, replacing Camiel Eurlings whose term was not due to expire until April 2015, but has decided to with- draw immediately.On the Road issue 217Page 3JonthanStapleton The Royal Crescent Hotel & SpaLinda JojoJos DewingAlex Barros


































































































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