In the UK, Monarch has promoted Dawn Hardwick to the newly-created position of head of trade sales and distribution. Reporting directly to Ian Chambers, Monarch’s chief commercial officer, Hardwick is now responsible for all airline trade sales with a focus on “delivering a coherent trade distribution strategy,” building stronger relationships with trade partners and supporting the growth of airline sales.
Former Thomas Cook managing director Richard Calvert has joined the Shearings Leisure Group as its new chief executive, following the departure of Denis Wormwell, who left the business after almost 10 years to pursue a non-executive career. Calvert joins the group from the U.S.-based holiday firm Celebration Travel Group, where he was president and CEO.
Abercrombie & Kent has tapped Mikael Castro to head up its new office in Brazil—at the same time the company announced that it is adding several small, luxury private-jet itineraries this year, the latest in a series of upgrades and expansions by the luxury-tour operator. The new Rio de Janeiro office is A&K’s sixth in South America and 53rd in the world. Castro, who has 10 years’ experience in the tourism industry, joins A&K after operating his own sustainable tourism consultancy for nearly five years. Previously he was a manager at Compass/Brazil Ecotravel.
Carlos Silveira has joined Trend Operadora as a sales executive. He’ll be responsible for serving one of Brazil’s main markets, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre. Silveira will report to supervisor Alexandre Tedesco and regional manager for the South, Daniel Moser.
After just a few months on the job, Julia Haywood has stepped down from her post as chief commercial officer for United Airlines. Haywood joined United from Boston Consulting Group in August and has now returned to the consulting firm, where she had served in different capacities since 2005.
Visit Phoenix has promoted Lorne Edwards to vice president of sales & services.Edwards joined Visit Phoenix five years ago as director of sales following a 16-year career at Hyatt Hotels Corporation during which he served in a number of sales positions, lastly as director of sales and marketing at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, Mass.