Andrea Kendal, group commercial director for Hays Travel, has left the company and is now managing director of Affordable Car Hire. Kendal had been with Hays since June 2006.
Thomas Cook Airlines has appointed former airberlin vice-president Titus Johnson as vice president, North America & Caribbean. Johnson was with airberlin from 2012 until September 2014, when he joined Qatar Airways, leaving the latter earlier this year.Prior to joining airberlin Johnson held roles at British Airways, VLM Airlines and Australian Airlines.
The state tourism director for New Jersey is stepping down. Grace Hanlon, executive director of New Jersey’s Division of Travel and Tourism, has announced that she is resigning, effective June 1st. Hanlon, 47, explained that she has a newborn daughter, and was ready for the next chapter in her life. Hanlon was appointed executive director of the state’s tourism agency in 2010 by Gov. Chris Christie. Previously, Hanlon was president of Edvantage Media Group, an educational media production company that she founded in 1994.
As part of an ongoing structural reorganization that began two years ago, the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau has announced a series of changes to its senior leadership team, including the transition of Steve Rathje, marketing director, to build a business intelligence team within the marketing department. Rathje has been with the bureau since December 2011.
The president and CEO of Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, Ted Beattie, has announced that he will retire in December 2016 after more than 20 years in the job. Beattie, 70, started his zoo and aquarium career as the Cincinnati Zoo‘s first marketing and development director, and he went on to hold directorships of the Knoxville, Tenn., and Fort Worth, Texas, zoos.