Going Places – industry appointment highlights for Jan-2023

7 February, 2023

The travel, tourism and aviation industries in the across the globe witness policy and upper level changes on a daily basis.

It is important to not only keep tabs of these organisations direction, but to also monitor changes in executive branches to see the wider picture of the travel market.

CTC – Corporate Travel Community aims to keep you informed of these movements each month, with a full wrap of the key changes across regional markets, while also featuring key appointments announced for the month.     

Here are the key executive changes for Jan-2023:

Asia Pacific

  • Sharp Airlines appointed Alistair Dorward as CEO, effective Mar-2023. Mr Dorward is the current CEO of Altara Group. Current CEO Dallas Hay, will retire after 14 years with Sharp Airlines.
  • Nok Air announced plans to appoint its CEO Wutthiphum Jurangkool as acting CFO from 01-Feb-2023. Mr Jurangkool replaces Apichat Suratanasurang in the role.
  • Tropic Air appointed Maximillian Greif as CEO.

Europe, Middle East and Africa

  • Iberia appointed Sonia Sánchez Plaza as director of communication.
  • Emerald Airlines appointed Keith Butler as CEO, effective Mar-2023. He replaces Conor McCarthy, who will take the position of executive chairman.
  • Max Air (Nigeria) announced the promotion of Alhaji Abubakar Dahiru Mangal to CEO.
  • easyJet appointed Jane Storm as group people director, effective spring 2023.
  • Brussels Airlines announced CEO Peter Gerber will step down from his position on 31-Jan-2023 and depart the Lufthansa Group. Lufthansa Group executive board member Christina Foerster will take over the airline's leadership on an interim basis.
  • Condor Flugdienst appointed Peter Gerber as CEO, effective 01-Feb-2024.


  • Air Canada announced the retirement of CCO and EVP Lucie Guillemette, effective 30-Apr-2023. As a result, the carrier made the following appointments under a realigned senior management structure, effective 01-May-2023:
    • Mark Nasr: Promoted to EVP marketing and digital, and president Aeroplan. Mr Nasr currently serves as SVP products, marketing and ecommerce;
    • Mark Galardo: Promoted to EVP revenue and network planning. Mr Galardo currently serves as SVP network planning and revenue management.
  • Alpine Air Express appointed Robert Frisch as COO.
  • American Airlines announced the retirement of chief customer officer Alison Taylor.
  • Allegiant Air announced the following executive appointments, effective immediately:
    • Robert Neal: SVP and CFO. Mr Neal joined the carrier in 2007, most recently serving as SVP corporate finance;
    • Tracy Tulle: SVP and chief experience officer. Ms Tulle joined Allegiant in 2012, most recently serving as SVP flight crew operations;
    • Drew Wells: Chief revenue officer. Mr Wells joined the carrier in 2011, most recently serving as SVP revenue and network planning.