Helloworld has confirmed the departure of Qantas Holidays managing director and head of wholesale, Peter Egglestone. It has also appointed David Green as general manager sales, wholesale.
Egglestone had “resigned to pursue a number of opportunities outside of the company,” an issued statement from Helloworld said.
“After 3 years as head of wholesale for Helloworld, Peter has decided that it is time for him to look at some differing challenges,” Helloworld executive director wholesale, Cinzia Burnes, said.
Green, a well-known retail franchise expert, joins recent additions to the wholesale senior team under the leadership of Cinzia Burnes, including Joe McCormack as general manager land purchasing and Leanne Chard as general manager product.
Meanwhile, the Helloworld for business Summit begins today, Friday 13 May, at the Shangri-La in Singapore. It will run today and tomorrow and will group 120 leading Australian corporate travel agents and suppliers.
The theme for the weekend is “Evolution to Revolution” and the focus will be on strengthening members’ skills and ability to thrive in a rapidly changing environment while continuing to deliver the best for their clients, a Helloworld statement said.
David Padman, Helloworld’s head of associate, corporate and affiliate networks, says the helloworld for business Summit is a powerful resource for members and the helloworld for business network as a whole.
“Helloworld for business is a unique home for independent corporate travel businesses, delivering the advantages of a buying group with so many more added benefits.
“Our annual summit is such a powerful resource for our members and network as a whole with fantastic speakers, workshops and networking opportunities. It’s great to see so many attending the summit this year and taking full advantage of the many opportunities that flow from being part of the helloworld for business network.”
Keynote speakers for the summit include chief executive of Qantas International and freight, Gareth Evans; Google head of industry travel – Australia and New Zealand Dougal McKenzie; and renowned financial journalist Ross Greenwood.
Tailored workshops will cover key challenges and opportunities facing the corporate travel industry including the “Winning at tenders – an insider’s guide” to be presented by Tony O’Connor, founder and director of leading independent travel management consultancy Butler Caroye Asia Pacific.
Timothy O’Neil-Dunne, founder of VaultPAD Ventures will also provide insight into advancements in travel in his workshop on “Travel technology available now and on the horizon”.
Edited by Peter Needham