Trudy Singh has been named regional vice president of sales, mid-Atlantic for New York City and Company. Previously, she was director of sales for the organization. Singh has been with NYC & Co. since 2000.
Leslie Dance, vice president of marketing and product development for the Hawaiian Tourism Authority (HTA), has resigned from her position effective May 15. The agency hired Dance on Jan. 5, 2016 after launching an executive search to fill the void left by the departure of David Uchiyama, HTA’s former vice president of brand management. Dance, 62, said she was leaving to return to the mainland to be closer to her family and plans to assist in formulating a transition plan before her departure
Jon Grutzner has been named by Insight Vacations and its affiliated Luxury Gold brand, both owned by The Travel Corporation (TTC), as USA president, replacing Phil Cappelli, who has been president for the past five years. Capelli decided to step down in order to spend more time with his family after a busy travel schedule supporting the brands’ travel agent partners. A tour and travel industry veteran with more than 25 years experience, Grutzner has served for the past six years he served as director of sales at Azamara Club Cruises. He has also held executive posts with Collette Vacations, Reader’s Digest and Carlson Leisure Group.
Linda Horowitz has been named tour and travel national and international sales manager for Visit Fairfax in northern Virginia. Horowitz replaces Melissa McClure, who is moving to Switzerland where she hopes to be a part of the tourism industry there. Previously, Horowitz was tourism services manager at Destination DC; prior to that, she was a research assistant at the U.S. Travel Association.
Travelport northern Europe managing director Simon Ferguson has been promoted to managing director, agency commerce for the Americas. He will relocate to Atlanta July 1st. He takes over from Bret Kidd who will be taking an alternative role within the company. Ferguson has led commercial, marketing and operational business in the UK, Ireland, the Nordics, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Benelux region for the last six years. He has previously held senior roles at Travelzoo and the Travel Weekly Group.
Eduard Bogatyr has been named the new general director of TUI Spain. Bogatyr, who has been with the company for two years, replaces Stefan Dapper, who leaves the organization after 20 years to become CEO of Expertia Travel (Condor Travel and Nuevo Mundo Viajes) in Lima, Peru. Before joining TUI Spain, Bogatyr had served as chief financial officer for companies such as the Compass Group, Rentokil Initial, Hertz and Tele2.
Ali Brewer has joined the National Law Enforcement Museum, a new attraction that opens in October in Washington D.C. where she’ll be a part of its group sales department. Previously, Brewer had worked for more than eight years at the American Bus Association.