Helloworld has hired a senior Flight Centre executive to head up its land product negotiating and purchase team.
Helloworld (which has started styling its name with a capital ‘H’ in recent media releases, rather than the former helloworld) has appointed Joe McCormack to the newly created role of general manager land purchase for its wholesale and inbound divisions.
Helloworld has been refining its team and structure since its merger with AOT Group.
McCormack will take up his new role on 26 April 2016 and will head up the Helloworld and AOT Group Contracting teams responsible for negotiating land product for all HLO Wholesale and Inbound brands including Qantas Holidays, Viva Holidays, Qantas Vacations, Go Holidays, Insider Journeys, Sunlover Holidays, Territory Discoveries, AOT Inbound, ATS Pacific, and ETA.
McCormack has worked at Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) for the past 10 years, where he led its specialist corporate land product team in sourcing, contracting and distributing hotel and ground transport products worldwide across the entire FCTG corporate brand network including FCM Travel Solutions, Corporate Traveller, Stage and Screen Travel, Campus Travel and Flight Centre Business Travel.
Before joining FCTG, McCormack worked in the hotel industry for 20 years, most recently at Saville Hotel Group.
Commenting on the appointment, Cinzia Burnes, Helloworld’s head of wholesale and inbound said significant synergies remained be achieved within Helloworld’s new procurement structure “and we believe our supplier partners will welcome the consolidation of the process which will deliver them access to a range of channels via a single point of contact within the business.
“We are delighted to welcome Joe McCormack to this new role and I think that with Joe heading up the global contracting team and Leanne Chard heading up our product teams, we really have in place a structure to provide our distribution partners and our supplier partners with the best possible outcomes.”
Edited by Peter Needham