Etihad re-structures unit, makes new appointments
Abu Dhabi, June 20, 2012
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has re-structured its global sales division and made several new key appointments across Europe, Middle East and Asia.
Jean-Marc Crescent has been appointed vice president of Global Account Sales, while Joost den Hartog will take up the post of vice president of Europe based in Berlin, where the airline will locate its new regional and German offices.
Adam Phillips, who is currently general manager of France, has also been promoted to vice president, Asia Pacific North and the Indian subcontinent, a statement from the airline company said.
All three senior executives will report directly to Daniel Barranger, Etihad Airways’ vice president of global sales.
Robert Chad will move from general manager of Abu Dhabi to become the general manager of France, reporting to Joost den Hartog, while Joseph Chamoun has been appointed the new general manager of Abu Dhabi sales, reporting to Hareb Al Muhairi, vice president UAE sales, after four years as general manager of Lebanon.
The airline has also announced that Judith Crompton, the head of global account sales, will return to Australia after two years in the position, the statement said. Crompton has been overseeing the airline’s multinational accounts worldwide from London whilst managing a team of 12 sales specialists across Etihad’s fast-growing network.
Peter Baumgartner, chief commercial officer, Etihad Airways, said: “We are moving into an important phase of our growth as a truly global airline and these new appointments will be critically important to build on the tremendous success that has been achieved so far.”
“Along with our continued investment in product, service and network development, we are confident that this highly experienced team will drive the implementation of our sales and distribution strategies to greater heights in the coming years,” he said.
The developments within the global sales team follow a run of successes and a new milestone earlier this month which saw more than 65,500 flight bookings made on a day with the Abu Dhabi-based airline, the statement said. The figure was the highest number of bookings ever made in a single day with Etihad Airways and exceeded the previous record made in January by 13 per cent.
In addition, passenger bookings for June 14 to 17 were the highest of any four days previously experienced by Etihad Airways, supported by the airline’s much talked about new global television and social media campaign, it said. – TradeArabia News Service
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