Gulf promotes Harrison
Gulf Air has appointed James Harrison as its new general manager for the UK.
Mr Harrison has been with the airline for four years and is currently it general manager in Ireland.
He joined from BA where he was an area manager and has held several posts with Gulf including sales and marketing officer and area manager for Dubai and the Emirates.
Mr Harrison replaces Clive Wratten who recently became head of international business group for travel management company HRG.
Oliver promoted by Business Travel Direct
UK independent TMC Business Travel Direct has promoted Julie Oliver to be its new managing director.
Ms Oliver joined BTD, formerly Ickenham Travel, in 1994 and was most recently head of operations for the company.
She takes over from company founder Peter Reglar who retains his position as ceo.
Icelandair switches managers
Icelandair has appointed Helgi Mar Bjornvinsson as its new general manager for the UK and Ireland.
He swaps positions with Stephen Brown, the outgoing UK manager, who takes up Mr Bjornvinsson’s previous position as general manager Southern Europe based in Paris.
Rocco Forte appoints new consultant
Rocco Forte Hotels has appointed Adel Soukah as its new sales consultant for the Middle East.
Mr Soukah has worked for the hotel group for six years, most recently as front office shift leader at the Hotel du Russie in Rome.
Mr Soukah who has ten years’ experience in the travel and hotel industries, will continue to be based at the Rome property.
Spezzadeschi resigns from Alitalia
Gabriele Spezzadeschi has resigned his post as head of co-ordination for corporate and administrative activities, finance and control for Alitalia for “family reasons.”
His place at the Italian carrier has been taken by Giancarlo Schisano who takes on responsibility for corporate and business co-ordination.
MEA appoints new sales representative
Paulo Thiele has been appointed as a new sales representative for Middle East Airlines, based in the UK.
Mr Thiele joins the airline from Brazilian carrier Varig where he held a similar position.
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