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Welcome Aboard: New Hires and Promotions for Feb. 24, 2015

People Barry Kaufman February 24, 2015

Welcome Aboard: New Hires and Promotions for Feb. 24, 2015

MSC Cruises Names Luca Biondolillo New Chief Communications Officer

MSC Cruises S.A., the world’s fourth largest cruise line, announced today a new senior appointment that further strengthens the company’s Geneva-based global management team. Luca Biondolillo will become MSC Cruises’ chief communications officer (CCO). In this newly created global role, Biondolillo — who holds both U.S. and Italian citizenship and has lived and worked internationally for the past 25 years — will report to the CEO, Gianni Onorato. 

Having served most recently as Head of corporate communications & public affairs for Benetton Group, the parent company of United Colors of Benetton and other leading global fashion brands, Biondolillo has nearly 20 years of experience in high-level corporate, financial and sustainability communications in multicultural global  settings. He is also vice president of the board of the Brussels-based European Association of Communication Directors.

Worldview Travel Appoints Two Travel Industry Veterans To Senior Leadership Team

Mike Dawson has been named President of Santa Ana-headquartered Worldview Travel. Dawson succeeds founder Ricci Zukerman who has assumed the role of Chairman. In his new role he will oversee the leisure and corporate travel operations across the companies in the U.S., Canada and Bermuda. Dawson’s key focus will be to continue the aggressive growth of each company, including new acquisitions, and drive increased efficiencies and profitability.

Dawson is a seasoned travel executive with 35 years of business experience including the last twenty-three years in the travel industry. Crossing all segments of  the industry, he has held leadership roles in leisure, corporate, incentive and loyalty travel.  

In addition to Dawson’s appointment, Elaine San Juan has joined Worldview Travel as general manager, leisure. She will drive Worldview’s efforts to grow and optimize leisure sales as well as to increase the brand’s presence in key markets through new affiliate relationships as well as by growing its already robust independent contractor relationships.

San Juan brings 25 years of experience in the travel industry to her new role. Prior to joining Worldview, she served as COO & partner at Cadence Travel where she helped to grow revenue four-fold.

Travel Industry Veteran Catherine Tripplehorn Joins GroundLink as Southeast Regional Sales Manager

GroundLink, a tech-enabled provider of executive black car service in major cities throughout the world, announced that Catherine Tripplehorn has joined the company as its southeast regional sales manager, reporting to GroundLink’s chief sales officer, Michael Mooradian.  Based in Atlanta, Tripplehorn is responsible for new business development, supporting corporate clients and actively participating in key travel industry associations on behalf of GroundLink.  

Tripplehorn has nearly 25 years of sales and account management experience in the travel industry, serving a broad range of clients.  Her ground transportation experience includes five years with Park ‘N Fly, where she signed and managed accounts for clients including American Express Travel, Air Tran Airways, AAA and Avis Car Rental. She also served as a director of sales for AIG Travel Guard, and most recently was a multi-national account manager for BCD Travel.  She is serving her second term as a board member for the Georgia Business Travel Association and currently chairs the Education Committee. Tripplehorn is a graduate of Shorter University, with a degree in business management. 

Playa Largo Resort & Spa Appoints New Director of Sales & Marketing

Playa Largo Resort & Spa is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Calibo as its director of sales & marketing.  As a seasoned hotel industry professional, Calibo brings extensive senior management experience to the first new resort to be built in Key Largo in more than 20 years, opening in December 2015.

Calibo comes to Playa Largo after nearly four years as opening director of sales & marketing at the DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport & Convention Center where his efforts to launch Miami’s second largest convention center and the creation of the Miami Airport Hotels Alliance led to multiple accolades, including the award for Most Improved Market Share Sales from DoubleTree Hilton in 2011.

Hilton Worldwide Appoints Tom Potter Senior Vice President For The Caribbean And Latin America

Hilton Worldwide announced the appointment of Tom Potter as senior vice president, Caribbean and Latin America.  Potter takes the helm of the region’s owned and managed portfolio, while playing a key role in the company’s ambitious expansion plans throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.

With more than 35 years with Hilton, Potter has had a front row seat to the company’s impressive growth in Latin America.  In his new role, he is focused on continuing this effort and being a driving force in the region’s success. Development of human talent is a focal point of Potter’s strategy in the Caribbean and Latin America, and he is working closely with the region’s human resources leaders so team members across the region are engaged, empowered and inspired.  A number of initiatives are currently in place to support this effort, including programs that help attract, cultivate and motivate team members.