The latest industry appointments

Michael Flaxman has joined Staycity as non-executive director
Michael Flaxman has joined Staycity as non-executive director

Ian Ailles has been named as chairman of the board at intuitive. Ailles has been appointed for his knowledge of the travel industry which has included various senior roles at Wyndham and most recently three years at CEO of Thomas Cook.

Yann Guezennec has re-joined Belmond Trains & River Cruises, this time as worldwide sales and marketing director. Guezennec has returned to the division after three years as director of sales and marketing in Peru for the company’s hotels and train in the region. He has worked at Belmond since 1992 in various European roles.

Michael Flaxman has joined Staycity as non-executive director. Flaxman previously spent 27 years with Accor as chief operating officer and left the hotel group in 2011 to work as a consultant. He is joined at Staycity by a new chief operating officer in Keith Freeman, who joins the serviced apartment company from Premier Inn. Their appointments come after Anthony Carragher was named chief commercial & development officer.

Caroline Strachan has been named vice president, global business consulting EMEA at American Express Global Business Travel. Strachan will oversee the sales and delivery of consulting engagements to clients in the region. She has held travel and meeting roles at AstraZeneca, Yahoo! and Cisco.

Bernard Lazar has been appointed director of client services for asb law’s commercial client service team. Lazar joins the firm to develop if client offering as its restructures. He joins from Berwin Leighton Paisner and has also worked for Hewlett Packard and Fujitsu.

John Snyder has been named as the new president & chief executive officer of BCD Travel. The move marks a promotion for Snyder, who previously served as BCD’s chief operating officer. The reshuffle follows Joop Drechsel’s decision to step down as chief executive officer.

Mike Janssen will replace John Snyder as BCD Travel’s chief operating officer. Janssen is a 20-year veteran with BCD, and previously headed-up the company in the Americas region. Prior to joining the company he held management roles with AON Corp, Unisys and Peterson Consulting.

Denise Harman has been named as country director, Ireland for Carlson Wagonlit Travel. Harman takes up the role in early June from her current position as vice chair of the GBTA in Ireland. She also spent 15 years at Aer Lingus. She replaces Lisa Whelan, who is now at CarTrawler.

Erik Swelheim has been appointed to the statutory board at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Swelheim will retain his current position as chief financial officer, which he has held since 1 March 2012. The statutory board also includes president and CEO Camiel Eurlings, Pieter Elbers and Erik Varwijk.

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