Teresa O’Neill has been promoted to the position of vice president, global strategic partnerships, effective at Travel Oregon, effective July 1st. She leaves her post as vice president, global sales, to Petra Hackworth, who had been director, global sales. O’Neill, a member of NAJ’s Advisory Council, has been with the organization for 12½ years.
UK operator If Only has appointed Andy Freeth (left) as chief executive and Gordon McCreadie as sales and marketing director. Freeth was previously managing director of Travel 2 and Gold Medal, after joining Travel 2 in 2009. Gordon McCreadie was previously director of sales and marketing B2B dnata Travel UK at dnata Travel, after joining Travel 2 in 2010. If Only has also hired Matt Appleby as product and commercial director and Tracy Docherty as business development director. And David Irving has been named as head of specialist business. Appleby, Docherty, Irving and McCreadie will join If Only in early September 2017. Freeth will join the company in early December
Al Santos recently joined Sundance Helicopters as director of international and leisure sales. He had previously served as director of travel industry sales for Exotics Racing. Prior to that, Santos was leisure sales manager for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Anna Karnowski has been named director of sales at the Spyscape Museum, which is slated to open later this year in New York City. she was previously vice president of sales for New York Water Taxi. Prior to her tenure with New York Water Taxi, Karnowski was North American sales manager for Top of the Rock.
Jenny Kurdle has been named senior vice president US, for BookingTek, the Richmond, England-based direct booking software provider to the hospitality industry. The company said Kurdle will be integral in leading the company’s US growth. Based in its Washington D.C. Metro Center office, Kurdle joins the company after 25 years with MICROS Systems (now Oracle Hospitality), where she was executive vice president, US & Canada.
Leah Garey has left her post as domestic sales manager for Visit Florida (three years+) and joined Expedia Media Solutions as senior account executive.
The Travel Corporation (TTC) has announced that, after 10 years on the job, Paul Wiseman, is leaving his position president of Trafalgar USA and Brendan Vacations in order to run his own training business focused on leadership and development. Succeeding Wiseman is Mellissa da Silva, who is giving up her post as president of Contiki Holidays USA. A veteran of more than two decades in the tour and travel industry da Silva helmed Contiki for four years.
Delta Air Lines has appointed Corneel Koster as senior vice president Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. He takes over from Nat Pieper who has become senior vice president global alliances. Based in London, Koster will report to Delta’s president – international & EVP – global sales Steve Sear. Prior to joining Delta, Koster was chief operating officer at Aeromexico since 2013. He was also previously Virgin Atlantic’s director of operations, safety and security and has held senior commercial roles at Air France KLM, KLM and KLM Cargo.
Keith Talbert has been named as associate director of sales for the Oklahoma City CVB. Before joining the bureau, Talbert held several sales positions with Visit Wichita and the Nashville CVC.
Sean Dixon has been promoted to the post of marketing director for the Springfield (Mo.) CVB. Dixon joined the organization in 2010 as its interactive media manager. He has served for the past year as assistant marketing director. Previously, he worked for Ozarks Public Broadcasting as a master control operator.
Talia Cass has been named director of marketing and communications for the Saratoga (N.Y.) CTB. Previously, she has worked as an account executive for the Schenectady County, N.Y. Tourism Promotion Agency.