Jen Schroer has been named by New Mexico’s new governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, to head the New Mexico Department of Tourism. Schroer served in the department for about 11 months during the first term of outgoing Gov. Susana Martinez where she was director of strategic partnerships. Schroer left the department in 2014 to run the New Mexico Hospitality Association. She was executive director of the trade group until March, when she left to manage the chamber of commerce in Davis, Calif.
Contiki has named James Marchant as its new global CEO. Marchant joins Contiki from Second Estates, where he was a marketing, loyalty and strategy consultant for the luxury holiday rental investment company. James will be based at Contiki’s head office in Geneva and responsible for the social travel company’s global network of teams across Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Sharon Munro is leaving her job as president of Barrhead Travel, one of the largest travel agency chains in the UK. the Scottish travel agency chain. She became president last year, having previously held the title of chief executive. A 28-year veteran of the company, she is the daughter of Bill Munro, founder of the company, which was sold early in 2018 to the U.S.-based Travel Leaders Group. Jacqueline Dobson, Barrhead’s managing director, will move up to the top job as president.
Mario Antonio, vice president of sales for Grupo Trend—it is a CVC brand—is leaving the company on March 31st. after having served the company for 8 years. He told the Brazilian travel trade publication PANROTAS that he is “analyzing some proposals,” and plans to continue in tourism.
Christophe Jacquet has been named CEO of Havas Voyages, a Paris-based tour operator specializing in tailor made tours. Previously, Jacquet’s career has been primarily in consumers goods and digital marketing. He was the founder, in 2014, of the start-up One4You.com, the first site of French corporate shopping. In 2016, the start-up integrates Crédit Agricole’s Le Village by CA (Paris) innovation center. One4You now has over 200 clients, including Selectour, Société Générale, Maaf and Total
Ken Lawson, who was named president and CEO of Visit Florida following the resignation of Will Seccombe in the wake of a flap over the agency’s contract with rapper Pit Bull, is leaving his post; the state’s new governor, Ron DeSantis has appointed Lawson to be executive director of the Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity.
Kurt Krause, a long-time veteran of the hotel industry, has been named the new president and CEO of Visit Norfolk. The 63-year-old Krause succeeds Anthony DeFilippo and Sam Rogers, who had served most of 2018 as interim president and CEO. In addition to serving at different hotel properties over a span of three decades, Krause was once worked with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the wake of 9/11.
Long-time Industry veteran Richard Prosser is joining the OTA loveholidays as chairman. He brings almost 40 years of experience in travel including top jobs at First Choice and Tui Travel. Prosser has taken various roles as chairman to private equity-backed businesses since 2010 including Audley Travel.
Tillie Youngs for 26 years at 1000 Islands International Tourism Council
Patricia “Pattie” Baker for 18 years at Dreamscape Vacations
Bernard Metzger for 10 years at Travel & Tourism Foundation
Grace Young Kim for 5 years at JJ USA Tours/Club
Douglas McClain for 4 years at Newport Beach & Company
Phil Hannes for 2 years at San Diego Tourism Authority