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Changes at Flight Centre

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 11:39

Simon McKearney and Rochelle Kilmartin assume new positions at Flight Centre

Flight Centre has made four new appointments, that managing director Chris Grieve says is reflective of the strategic plans ahead for Flight Centre.
Simon McKearney has been appointed as general manager corporate; Rochelle Kilmartin as systems leader corporate; Sean Berenson, general manager product, and Danny Bodger, brand leader specialists.
McKearney will be responsible for developing strategic direction for Flight Centre’s corporate brands and leading the corporate business including FCm Travel Solutions, Corporate Traveller, cievents and Stage and Screen.
Having previously led the corporate team as general manager for three years before taking on his most recent position as general manager product, McKearney brings experience to the role.
Kilmartin will be behind technological advances within the corporate business.
Kilmartin brings a range of experience and expertise to her role having been with Flight Centre for over five years and working in a leadership position for FCm Travel Solutions for the past two years.
Berenson will lead Flight Centre’s product division, which encompasses all the company’s supplier relationships, product delivery and contracting division, as well as wholesale business Infinity Holidays and foreign exchange retail business, Travel Money.
Berenson has been with the Flight Travel Group for over 10 years, most recently in a leadership position as
GSA leader NZ and nation leader specialist brands.
Bodger will be responsible for developing strategic initiatives and helping drive the direction of Cruiseabout and Student Flights.

Bodger has been with Flight Centre for over eight years and has been working in a leadership position with Flight Centre specialist brands for the past year.


Lani Strathearn at ACB

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 08:52

Adelaide Convention Bureau has appointed Lani Strathearn as business development executive and representative for the New Zealand Market. She joins the bureau from venue management experience on Vancouver Island, and also a strong background in tourism having performed roles with Flight Centre and the hostel sector. She replaces Gemma Nelson who has moved to another role at the bureau.

Viresh Mathur to Heritage

Monday, 25 May 2015 16:18

Viresh Mathur is the new operations manager, Heritage Boutique Collection. He was most recently hotel manager at City Life Wellington for three years and before that was executive assistant manager at Heritage Christchurch. He started his career with the group at City Life Auckland.

Akash Sood has stepped into the hotel manager’s role at City Life Wellington. He was previously at James Cook Hotel.

Amy Bunting HR at Starwood

Friday, 15 May 2015 16:16

Amy Bunting is regional director of human resources for the Starwood Pacific region and director of human resources for Sheraton on the Park, effective immediately.

In the role, Bunting is responsible for all aspects of human resource management at Sheraton on the Park and overseeing 18 operating hotels and six hotels under development in the Pacific Region. She will be based at The Sheraton on the Park in Sydney and will provide strategic leadership and direction on all aspects of the associate experience including hiring, benefits, training and employee relations across the Pacific portfolio.

Bunting brings over 15 years’ experience in the service delivery industry and enters the role following two years at the Westin Sydney, where she led the HR operations and was charged with implementing HR policies and procedures. Prior to this, Amy spent four years at the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney in various management roles.

Adina Stoye to Stay and Play

Monday, 25 May 2015 16:15

Adina Stoye is part of the Stay and Play team, having returned to Germany after seven years in New Zealand. Stoye will provide in-market collective representation to European Trade for tourism businesses throughout New Zealand.

She has been involved in the tourism and educational travel industry for over 10 years and has held programme manager, branch manager and project assistant roles within New Zealand tourism, German tourism outbound companies and German Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation. 

Jo Meredith to HOT Events

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 14:59

HOT Events is back in Auckland, opening an office to be headed by account manager Jo Meredith. Although the head office is based in Christchurch, a substantial number of HOT Events’ key clients are Auckland based.

Meredith has previously worked as a professional conference organiser for Event Dynamics, sales manager for the SKYCITY Entertainment Group and as an event manager for The Edge (now Auckland Live).

HOT Events is the conference and incentive event division of the House of Travel Group.