Martha Sheridan has been selected to be the next president and CEO of the Greater Boston CVB. The current president and CEO of the Providence-Warwick CVB, she succeeds the outgoing president CEO, Pat Moscaritolo, who is retiring from the leading the organization after 28 years on Feb. 14, 2019. Beginning January 2, 2019, Sheridan will be president and CEO-elect, a position in which she will work together with Moscaritolo. Sheridan has led the Providence-Warwick CVB since 2005. Previously, she was vice president of sales for Discover Newport Rhode Island.
Hotelbeds has announced the appointment of Jason Soss as the new global head of strategic partnerships. The company’s new strategic partnerships team, led by Soss, focuses on analyzing and generating major business opportunities, developing and implementing new market initiatives, and managing Hotelbeds largest partnerships, particularly in the airline, loyalty, and online travel agency space. Soss, who has over 20 years of experience in the tour and travel industry, was previously the president of global business development for Travel Holdings, which formed part of Tourico Holidays and which was subsequently acquired by Hotelbeds in 2017.
Stephen Hahn has been named senior vice president of convention sales and strategy for New Orleans & Company. A veteran of nearly three decades in the tour, travel and hospitality industry, Hahn previously served with several DMOs, including those in Los Angeles, Anaheim and Long Beach. He was recently market sales leader for Marriott International’s Southwest Area Sales Organization, Western Region.
Kim Wright has been named vice president of business and market development for Hornblower Cruises & Events, overseeing marketing for New York City and the U.S. East Coast. Wright joins Hornblower from The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, where she served for six years. Prior to that, she was director, group sales and tourism, for the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
TUI Airways has announced that Dawn Wilson has been appointed as managing director. She replaces John Murphy beginning Jan. 1, 2019. As Murphy’s replacement, Wilson will join the TUI UK & Ireland board. She joined the industry in 1989 as cabin crew for Britannia Airways and moved through the management structure, becoming general manager of cabin crew, director of ground operations and most recently director of operations for the Northern Region Airlines.
Garry Wilson, former TUI product and purchasing managing director, has joined easyJet as chief executive of its holidays division. In making the move, Wilson rejoins easyJet CEO, Johan Lundgren, who was previously chief executive at TUI (UK). Wilson was named chief executive of easyJet earlier this year.
In Brazil, Maíra Beasucci has been hired as sales manager at São Paulo-based Turnet Operador, a tour operator that sells European, Mediterranean and U.S. product. She has more than a dozen years of experience in the industry.
Also from Brazil, Paulo Biondo, former product coordinator for the United States and Canada for the tour operator Agaxtur, is now general product supervisor. On his team, he now has professionals from the United States and Canada, South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Brazil.
Serge Talbot for 36 years at Talbot Tours Inc. & Co-owner of Travel Alliance Partners LLC
Charles Kao for 17 years at TravelMole Media Group
Gina Romanelli for 14 years at National Constitution Center
Gina Speckman for 14 years at Chicago’s North Shore
Randy Fiveash for 10 years at State of Connecticut
Handan Ciltas for 7 years at Meeting Point North America
Becki Lewis for 7 years at Cedar City – Brian Head Tourism Bureau & Caravan Tours
Beth Helle for 2 years at Explore Minnesota Tourism
Sandy Greer for 1 year at Sandy Greer Tours
Nathalie Betancourt for 1 year at Miami Seaquarium