Missed the new year movers and shakers news during the holidays? Catch up on the latest travel industry appointments with our at-a-glance January round-up.
Pictured: Leanne Harwood, new md Australasia and Japan for IHG
New Sales Manager for Singapore Airlines, Sydney
Singapore Airlines has appointed Shahreen Goodrick as National Agency Sales Manager, working out of Singapore Airlines’ Sydney office, effective Monday 8 January.
Goodrick rejoins the Sydney office having worked as the Airline’s Manager Marketing and Alliances New Zealand, as well as having previously held roles within the Australian Area Marketing department.
Sustainability VP at Six Senses
Jeffery Smith has been promoted to Vice President, Sustainability for Six Senses from his former role of Director of Sustainability. He takes over the position from Amber Marie Beard who will consult on special projects.
Smith draws upon a decade of experience launching community-based tourism programs where he focused on capacity building and facilitating connections between travellers, indigenous peoples and the natural world. In his new role Smith will ensure that Six Senses remains at the leading edge of sustainable tourism practices. He holds a Master of Environment and Sustainability degree from Western University, and Bachelor of Applied Science from University of Waterloo in Canada. He has a technical background in environmental engineering with consulting experience in the United States and his native Canada, where he also worked for two years in solar energy development. His wide experience also includes ecosystem risk management, municipal planning advisory and elephant conservation.
Centara Hotels & Resorts appoints new VP Business Development
Effective 1 January, Allen Thomas has been appointed to the role of Vice President Business Development for Centara Hotels & Resorts. The French national has 28 years experience developing hotel and resort businesses, including positions with HPL, Como Hotels and, most, recently Resorts Holdings International.
Thomas will be responsible for executing the company’s plan to grow from 58 to 134 hotels over the next five years.
IHG’s new md Australasia and Japan
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has appointed Leanne Harwood to the role of Managing Director, Australasia and Japan, replacing Karin Sheppard, who moves to London to take on the new position as IHG’s Managing Director, Europe.
Harwood was previously Vice President for IHG’s operations in South East Asia and Korea, based in Bangkok, and is one of IHG’s Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia (EMEAA) senior leaders. She will be responsible for the operations, growth and performance of more than 70 hotels in the Australasia and Japan Business Unit, and will oversee the regional teams in Sydney and Tokyo.
IMAGE: Leanne Harwood, new md Australasia and Japan for IHG
Adventure World appointment for India & Asia product
Eric Finley has joined Adventure World to helm their India & Asia product portfolios. With over twenty years wholesale and destination management industry experience across Australia and Asia, with previous roles covering tour leadership, ground operations, national sales/marketing and product management, Finely was most recently a Senior Product Manager for Asia at Insider Journeys (formerly Travel Indochina), a position he held for 12 years.
He can be contacted at [email protected]