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American Airlines Bolsters Senior APAC Sales Team

July 18, 2017 Appointments No Comments Email Email

American Airlines today announced Shane Hodges as Vice President – Asia Pacific Sales. In his new Tokyo-based position, Australian-native Hodges will be responsible for representing American Airlines to both corporate customers and agency partners as well as supporting all general commercial activity in the region.

With more than 22 years of experience within the travel industry, Hodges brings a truly global perspective to American Airlines having lived and worked in numerous locations in Asia Pacific, Europe & the United States. His appointment will ensure robust leadership in the region including the development of strong strategic relationships with senior stakeholders, a deep knowledge of the latest technology platforms and the ability to successfully execute broad change management and global team development.  

“I am excited to have been appointed into this challenging role by the largest carrier in the world. A solid momentum has been built within the region, bringing with it tremendous opportunities which I am looking forward to developing further in coming months” said Hodges of his new role. 

“Alongside the hugely talented team, I am confident we will navigate any changes and challenges happening not only within our region but worldwide, which may affect our sales strategies and execution. It is important to ensure we are developing strategies which address all customer and agency segment revenue opportunities and foster a commercial culture where everyone sells.”

Hodges has joined from Starwood Hotels and Resorts, where he occupied the role of Vice President, Global Group and Emerging Sales Platforms. Prior to this role, he held several other senior leadership roles at the company, leading teams that developed global strategies in the corporate, leisure, online and distribution connectivity segments. Prior to these global leadership positions, Hodges spent 17 years of his career leading sales and marketing teams at various Starwood properties throughout the world.

Hodges’ predecessor, Erwan Perhirin has recently been promoted to Managing Director – Customer Experience Strategy Planning & Development, following five years’ of leadership in the region. He will be relocating back to Dallas, having spent recent years building the APAC sales team into the strongest to date.

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