Anna Perrott has been appointed commercial, sales and cruise manager for Birmingham-based tour operator JTA Travel. Perrott, who was previously product manager for Belleair, will be responsible for developing JTA business and managing supplier and key agent relationships for cruise and commercial.
Brand USA has moved its PR representation account for the UK and Ireland about 2.1 miles across the River Thames in London from Black Diamond to Hills Balfour. The selection followed an in-depth review process initiated by Brand USA in March 2017. Black Diamond had represented Brand USA in the UK and Ireland for five years.
Audrey Brooks-Wiggins, head of trade partnerships at Thomas Cook, has left the company and will not be replaced. Cook’s trade partnership managers will now report to Phil Gardner, head of commercial sales and relations. Brooks-Wiggins joined Cook in 2014 as senior key account manager. She went on to be head of the commercial and merchandising sales team, before being made head of trade partnerships in January 2016.
Sarah Mathews, head of destination marketing Asia Pacific, TripAdvisor, who is based in Hong Kong, has been elected chairperson of the executive board of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). She replaces Andrew Jones who was elected chairman in May 2016 and who remains a member of the executive board as immediate past chairman.
Joe Vallely has been named the new vice president of external affairs at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. A former director of government relations at Lockheed Martin, Vallely also served as the assistant vice president of corporate relations at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and director of economic development for the City of Huntsville.
Jon Lucas has been named chief operating officer for Hard Rock International, overseeing operations, marketing, legal, finance, design and construction. He will report directly to Chairman and CEO Jim Allen. Previously, Lucas served as president of the first Hard Rocksino in Northfield Park, Ohio. Prior to that, he was general manager of the IP Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Luciano Macagno has been appointed director of the Delta Air Lines for all of Latin America. He’ll be based in Miami, moving there from Brazil, where he was country manager since 2014. Previously, Macagno had tenures with Latam, Tam and Lan airlines.