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Commissioner Andolino Named Among “Most Compelling Women in Travel” by Premier Traveler Magazine

October 25, 2014 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino has been honored byPremier Traveler magazine as one of its 30 “Most Compelling Women in the Travel Industry”. According to Premier Traveler, the award recipients are women who are taking the lead in the travel industry right now.

In the coming year, Premier Traveler will elaborate on Andolino’s career, and the stories of the other 29 women leading the travel industry, through in-depth interviews, a dedicated section at, panel discussions and special events with male and female leaders from all corners of the travel world. With these efforts, Premier Traveler hopes to accelerate the dialogue on diversity, awareness and sensitivity that make for a better travel experience for everyone. All 30 award recipients are listed below. unnamed (2)

Commissioner Andolino manages one of the world’s busiest airport systems comprised of O’Hare and Midway International Airports. Chicago’s airports handled nearly 88 million passengers and over one million operations in 2013 and have an annual operating budget of $1 billion. She is also charged with implementing the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP) – an estimated $8 billion program that is reconfiguring O’Hare’s intersecting runways into a modern, parallel configuration to increase the airport’s efficiency and capacity well into the future.

Premier Traveler provides readers with travel news, reviews, travel deals and discounts. According to the magazine, Premier Traveler was created as an outlet for its readers’ voices to be heard. Premier Traveler readers are billed as perpetually on-the-go travelers (both domestically and abroad), with high expectations and a taste for luxury.

The Most Compelling Women in Travel according to Premier Traveler Magazine

Rosemarie S. Andolino
Commissioner – Chicago Department of Aviation

Rahel Assefa
Vice President, Marketing – Ethiopian Airlines

Liz Biden
Founder And Owner, The Royal Portfolio – South African Boutique Hotels

Aileen Furlong Cafrey
Managing Director, MileagePlus – United Airlines

Luanne Calvert
Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer – Virgin America Airlines

Clare Chiu
Director of Development and Distribution – Warwick International Hotels

Emily Cho
Senior Vice President, Marketing and Public Relations – Jin Air
Vice President, Corporate Communications – Korean Air

Captain Kathi Durst 
B737 Fleet Captain, DFW Airport – American Airlines

Patricia Gallardo Dwyer
Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability – Shangri-La International

Jennifer Fox
President – Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
President – FRHI Holdings Limited

Joanna Geraghty
Executive Vice President, Customer Experience – JetBlue

Gail Grimmett
Senior Vice President, New York – Delta Air Lines

Christie Hicks
Senior Vice President, Starwood Sales Organization – Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Sara Kearney
Senior Vice President Operations, Asia Pacific – Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Stephanie C. Linnartz
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer – Marriott International, Inc.

Carolyn McCall
Chief Executive Officer – EasyJet

Marilee McInnis
Senior Manager – Southwest Airlines

Simone Menne
Chief Financial Officer, Aviation Services –
Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Pam M. Nicholson

Chief Executive Officer – Enterprise Holdings

Katherine Melchior Ray
Vice President, Luxury Brands – Hyatt Hotels

Judy Reeves
Director of Public Relations, The Americas – Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Maria C. Sebastian
Director, Worldwide Sales and Marketing – Virgin Atlantic Airways

Claudia Sender
Chief Executive Officer – TAM Airlines

Sinead El Sibai
Vice President, Marketing – Dubai Duty Free

Sophie Stabile
Chief Financial Officer – Accor Hotels

Stacey Stegman
Global Communications Director – Denver International Airport

Aubrey Tiedt
Vice President of Guest Services – Etihad Airways

Karin Timpone
Global Marketing Officer – Marriott International

Anne C. Toulouse
Vice President, Global Brand Management and Advertising – Boeing

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