In his new role, Townes will spearhead the business development initiatives for Direct Travel, and is responsible for developing and supporting the plans for future revenue generation, primarily for the Southern region.
Benjamin Smith, previously Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer, is appointed to the new role of President, Passenger Airlines. In addition to his current responsibilities, Mr. Smith will now have cost as well as revenue oversight for passenger airline activities, with a view to optimizing the operating profitability of Air Canada, consistent with organizational structures at other large U.S. and European airlines. Mr. Smith continues to report to Mr. Rovinescu in this role.
Mike Campbell, Executive Vice President Human Resources & Labor Relations, has informed Delta's Board of Directors of his decision to retire on October 1, 2014, after 40 remarkable years in the industry.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the appointment of Rodolfo 'Rudy' Quevedo as Director of Safety. On 2 September 2014 Quevedo will join IATAs Safety and Flight Operations team and will be based in Montreal. He will be responsible for Cabin Safety, Safety Management Systems (SMS), and Global Aviation Data Management (GADM).
JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU) today announces the appointment of Marc Esposito to the role of Vice President, Values Relations. Esposito joins the JetBlue leadership team effective today and will oversee the carrier's labor and values relations strategy. He will report to Mike Elliott, JetBlue's Senior Vice President, People.
Interval Leisure Group (ILG) (NASDAQ: IILG) announced the appointment of David C. Gilbert as president of Interval International, effective September 1. He will report to Craig M. Nash, ILGs chairman, president, and CEO.
Direct Travel, a leading provider of travel management services in the U.S., announces the appointment of industry expert Gerard Bellino as Vice President of Leisure Travel, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships.
Northstar Travel Media has promoted Bob Sullivan to President of the Travel Group. Sullivan is now responsible for Northstar's Retail Group (Travel Weekly and TravelAge West,) PhoCusWright, the Business Travel News Group, Your Travel Insider, Mountain Travel Symposium, Web In Travel, and the retail travel group in Asia and China, including Travel Weekly China and Travel Weekly Asia.
Elder joins JetBlue effective today and will oversee the award-winning company's communication strategy, crewmember communications, media relations, crisis communications, and special events. She will serve as member of the senior leadership team reporting to JetBlue's president, Robin Hayes.