Malaysia Airlines appoints key roles in preparation of European expansion

Malaysia Airlines has revealed is has brought in a number of key staff to the UK, in the last few months, preparing the London office for growth across Britain and Europe, as well as the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign taking place throughout next year. 

The changes will take effect from 2 December 2019.

Each of the new appointments brings with them wide-ranging experience and in-depth business knowledge, strengthening the team significantly and increasing the resources available to Malaysia Airlines in the region.

“This represents a very exciting time for Malaysia Airlines”

Richard De Villa, who is currently marketing manager for UK & Europe will be promoted to head of marketing in the UK & Europe, overseeing the increased investment in trade as well as consumer market activity. Prior to joining Malaysia Airlines, he spent 10 years with the Department of Tourism for the Philippine’s Embassy to the UK.

Natalie Kromponi, who has over 12 years of international aviation experience with roles at Emirates and Malaysia Airlines, will on her return from maternity leave become the head of UK leisure and direct sales. She will be permanently supported by Cheun Yin Tran, who in Natalie’s absence has held the role of account manager, of leisure sales. Prior to this, Cheun had spent over 5 years at Cathay Pacific Airways, in sales support.

Additionally, Martyn Bell has been appointed account manager of corporate sales, tasked with growing the corporate MICE business.

Speaking on his new team, Daniel Bainbridge, Malaysia Airlines’ regional manager for the UK, Europe & North America, said: “This represents a very exciting time for Malaysia Airlines, as we look to grow the business further in the UK and Europe, and make the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign a great success. The recent restructuring and recruitment will add strength and depth to an already strong team, and I look forward to working with them in ensuring the continued success of Malaysia Airlines”.   

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