New hires: October

New hires: October

We round up the biggest industry appointments from the last month

Lisa McAuley to leave Silversea Cruises for dnata Travel

Lisa McAuley has been appointed dnata Travel’s managing director, tour operations, B2B Europe. She will lead the marketing, trade sales, product and commercial teams across trade brands Gold Medal and Travel 2.

McAuley, who is managing director UK and Ireland at Silversea Cruises, will report to John Bevan, who has been appointed dnata Travel’s new chief executive officer B2B Europe. She will join the company in January.

Iain Andrew, divisional senior vice president, dnata Travel said: “I am thrilled to appoint Lisa to this key role. Her leadership experience will be invaluable in driving our business from strength to strength to deliver even more for our agent partners.”

In a statement, Silversea said: “Since joining Silversea in 2015, Lisa has overseen the development and <>launch of our newest ship, Silver Muse, in the UK market and created and maintained a strong relationship with UK trade agents. We wish her well and would like to thank her for her dedicated service to the industry.”

G Adventures hires Rachel Coffey as sales director

G Adventures has hired Rachel Coffey as sales director for EMEA and promoted Stu Darnley to national sales manager.

Coffey spent 14 years at Virgin Atlantic. She replaces Uday Sodha in the position, who left in July.<

Brian Young, managing director for EMEA at G Adventures, said: “Rachel brings lots of experience in terms of strategy – she’s a big fan of G and has been on our tours in the past.

Hurtigruten restructures its UK sales team

Hurtigruten has restructured its UK sales in a bid to increase trade awareness with a series of new appointments. Danny Giles has been named national explorer manager; Mark Walter has become national key accounts manager; Maria Ersmarker is now national events and sales manager; and Emma Coombs has been named third-party, MICE & group sales specialist. Katie Leigh has been appointed inside sales.

The role of national sales hunter will be announced shortly. appoints Ottokar Rosenberger to the board as its first ever chief operating officer has appointed Ottokar Rosenberger, as its first-ever chief operating officer. He will join the cruise and ski specialist’s board in the new year and oversee product, technology, commercial, sales and marketing. Rosenberger will report into chief executive Richard Downs.

Downs said: “We are delighted to welcome Ottokar Rosenberger to Ottokar brings two decades of experience in brand, marketing and digital platform leadership roles, and his experience in driving international growth at digital businesses will be a great asset to our team and accelerate our growth strategies.”

Rosenberger added: “I am delighted to be joining the board of at such an exciting time for the business. As cruises become ever more popular with a younger audience globally, has the opportunity to be the leading travel agent for the new generation with its flagship brands Iglu Cruise and Planet Cruise.”

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