Stephen Foutes has been named director of the Missouri Division of Tourism by the Missouri Tourism Commission. He joins the agency from the Missouri State Medical Association, where he served for more than two years. For Foutes, it’s a return to a place where he worked before. Previously he served the division as a travel guide and website editor in 2010, communications manager in 2012, and public relations specialist in 2015.
Travis Napper has been named director of Arkansas Tourism. Napper comes to the position from Experience Ruston (the Ruston Lincoln Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau in Ruston, La.) where he served as the president and CEO of, since 2012. He replaces Jim Dailey, who retired at the end of 2019.
Virgin Holidays has confirmed the appointment of Siobhan Fitzpatrick has been appointed to lead the company. She replaces departing managing director Joe Thompson. In an expanded role, Fitzpatrick has been promoted to senior vice president Virgin Holidays and digital from her previous position of vice president digital and distribution at the group’s airline Virgin Atlantic. Before joining Virgin Atlantic, Fitzpatrick spent 15 years in retail with Argos and Homebase. Thompson was appointed managing director of Virgin Holidays in July 2017, when he replaced Mark Anderson – who now heads up Connect Airways, the Virgin-led consortium that acquired regional carrier Flybe. Before taking the role, Thompson spent 14 years at Virgin Atlantic in leadership positions.
The Visit Pensacola search committee has recommended Pamela Johnson as the next president and CEO of the organization to its board of directors. Following the recommendation, the board approved to move forward with a formal offer to Johnson and will work through negotiations. Johnson has worked at the Lee County Convention and Visitor Bureau in Fort Myers for 25 years, most recently serving as the deputy director beginning in 2014. Johnson also served as the interim director and deputy director of Lee County Economic Development.
Tour operator software company Tourwriter has a new chief operating officer—Pierre Malou, who is the latest hire for the Wellington-based company, who have undergone a period of rapid growth following the 2019 launch of their new online itinerary builder, Minim. Previously, Malou has held various roles throughout Asia-Pacific where he led, supported, and inspired growing teams. Tourwriter now has a suite of three established tour operator software solutions and a global team of 45 to date.
Tom Popper has been named to the new role of CEO at the global tour operator Friendly Planet Travel. At the same time, Peggy Goldman, founder of Family Planet Travel and its current president, will become chairwoman and will continue to work closely with Popper. Prior to his new role as CEO, Popper became part of the Friendly Planet Travel organization last year when the company acquired insightCuba, a single destination tour operator specializing solely in legal travel to Cuba for Americans, where Popper served as president.
Matt Kenny has left his post as Miami’s director of tourism and culture after a little more than a year on the job. City Commissioner Ricky Arriola said the move was “in protest” over frustration at the lack of a plan for Spring Break. Arriola made his comments during a discussion regarding an ordinance to limit the sale of alcohol during peak Spring Break. Previously, Kenny was managing director of Community Agency, a Miami-based global agency that specializes in brand positioning.
Jenny Yi YIN was recently named general manager of destination marketing for Beijing-based Quna.com. She joined the company from Trip.com—also in Beijing—where she was general manager for Europe, the U.S.& North China. She was with Trip.com for more than seven years.
Brett Oetting has been named as president and CEO of the Corpus Christi CVB. Oettig joins the bureau from Topeka, Kansas, were he was president of Visit Topeka and executive vice president of the Greater Topeka Partnership. Oetting begins his new job on March 16.
In an announcement that listed a series of leadership changes, Apple Leisure Group® said that Jim Tedesco, the group’s senior vice president of sales, will now oversee Apple Leisure Group Vacation sales for the whole United States. Tedesco joined the company last September. Previously, he served for more than 12 years with the Flight Centre Travel Group, The Americas.
Travel Counsellors has appointed Kieran Hartwell as its first managing director for Travel Counsellors for business. Hartwell was previously chief commercial officer for Omaha, Nebraska-based Travel and Transport, and president at global travel management company Radius Travel.
The French airline Corsair has announced the appointment of Christine Ozouf as head of foreign markets. A 25-year veteran of the travel and tourism industry, Ozouf has work in senior sales and marketing positions for United Airlines, Jet Airways and Air Seychelles.