Carsten Staat has been named chief sales officer of the German Allianz Partners companies and is widely known as a provider of travel insurance—a commodity likely to grow in both importance and usage in the Post-COVID 19 global pandemic. Staat, who has been with the company for nearly 19 years, will be responsible for the sales of the travel and assistance business areas, in addition to other areas. He was previously global transformation manager for the company.
Jerad Bachar has been appointed as the new president and CEO of VisitPittsburgh. Bachar, who had been serving as interim CEO of the organization, succeeds Craig Davis, who left last December to become CEO of VisitDallas. He has been involved in tourism and economic development for more than 30 years. Bachar was hired by VisitPittsburgh in January 2019 to be its executive vice president.
Lori Timony was recently named senior vice president, new market development, at the Leisure Pass Group. Timony, who is also the group’s senior vice president of global trade sales, has been with the company since 2017. Previously, Timony, who is based in London, was vice president of channel sales and strategic accounts for Smart Destinations, Inc.
Deli Koki Matsuo, a U.S. resident, has been named vice president of CVC, Brazil’s largest tour operator/travel agency. His selection came last week as part of the election of a new board of directors for the company, which made Silvio José Genesini Jr. chairman of the board. Matsui is founder of Appus Appus Tecnologia em Softwares e Gestão Ltd. He had also been serving as an independent director at CVC. The board of directors election was done remotely. The new board will serve through 2021.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, has named Mina El Fazazi as head of global marketing and communications. She brings over 15 years of communications and marketing experience to her new position. She has a lengthy background within the exhibition industry (in both BtoB and BtoC trade shows) through her previous roles at Reed Midem, Reed Expositions France, Comexposium and SAFI. El Fazazi takes over the role from Justine Evans who previously managed UFI’s Marketing and Communications activities.
Richard Andrew (l) has been named managing director, Southeast Asia and Australia for the AI marketing platform EternityX. He is responsible for driving Southeast Asia and Australia’s strategy and business expansion, helping marketers to target the China digital market, as China begins its post-COVID-19 recovery. Also, Armay Guo (r) has been named regional business development head-SEA. The two will be based in Singapore for the company, which is headquartered in Hong Kong, has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and New York. EternityX’s premium media inventory reaches more than 90-percent of China’s netizens through such partners as ByteDance, Tencent, Alibaba and WeChat.