Travellers Choice today announces the promotion of Chief Executive Christian Hunter to Managing Director, effective immediately.
Hunter joined Travellers Choice in 2004 as Company Accountant and held a number of senior management positions before being appointed CEO in January 2012.
He has since overseen one of the most successful periods in Travellers Choice’s history, culminating this year with the Company’s announcement of a third consecutive year of record profits and its win as Best Travel Agency Group at the prestigious 2015 National Travel Industry Awards.
Chairman Trish Ridsdale says the time is right for Hunter to now join the Board of Travellers Choice, an Australian Public Unlisted Company owned entirely by its members.
“Over the past four years Christian has been an outstanding Chief Executive, as the Company’s achievements during this period attest,” says Ridsdale. “Since 2012 he has also received qualifications from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and gained valuable experience serving on the boards of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents and the Worldwide Independent Travel Network.
“Travellers Choice is now delighted that Christian will bring his considerable skills and insight to the Board level as an ASIC-registered Managing Director.”
Hunter replaces non-executive Director and former Managing Director Gary Allomes, who departs Travellers Choice after more than 19 years’ service to the Company.
Ridsdale paid tribute to Allomes, who she says was instrumental in the evolution of Travellers Choice from a small West Australian-based, cooperative buying group into a highly-respected national purchasing and marketing group with members across Australia.
“Gary led Travellers Choice for 15 years and we have been very fortunate over the past four years to retain him as a non-executive Director. There is no doubt that his knowledge and experience has been incredibly important to our success, and on behalf of all Travellers Choice shareholders I would like to thank Gary for his extraordinary contribution and commitment to the Company.”
For more information on Travellers Choice please visit www.travellerschoice.com.au.