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The latest industry appointments – Asia

KATHLEEN TAN has become the new Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Expedia, overseeing the Expedia brand, AirAsiaGo and Backick online travel agency (OTA). Ms Tan was previously AirAsia’s Group Head of Commercial and Senior Vice President for China.

PAMELA CONOVER has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of SeaDream Yacht Club, as the company expands into Asia. An experienced cruise specialist, Ms Conover was formerly President & CEO of Seabourn Cruise Line and President of the Cunard Line.

SIEGTRAUND TEH has been promoted to the role of Group Chief Commercial Officer for AirAsia, replacing Kathleen Tan. Ms Teh joined the low-cost carrier’s commercial division in 2007 and in 2012 she was seconded to AirAsia Japan to assist with the airline’s launch.

– Kathleen Tan

CRAIG KREEGER has been named as the new Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Atlantic Airways. A US national, Kreeger joins the British carrier from American Airlines where he spent more than 25 years, most recently as Senior Vice President of Customer Service.

JON SNOOK has replaced Craig Kreeger as American Airlines’ new Senior Vice President of Customer Service. Snook was previously the airline’s Vice President of Operations Planning & Performance. A UK national, he started out as an airport agent for American.

DARREN HUSTON, CEO of, has been given responsibility to handle the Priceline Group’s other international brands, including and His new responsibilities will include overseeing inter-brand relations and technology sharing.

MARKUS PLATZER has been promoted to the position of Area General Manager – Bangkok, for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). Platzer has been with IHG for 19 years and most recently served as GM of the InterContinental Bangkok and Holiday Inn Bangkok.

– Markus Platzer


JUSTIN MALCOLM has been named as the new General Manager of the Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11. An Australian national, Malcolm has 18 years’ experience with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and joins the hotel from Le Meridien Chiang Rai in northern Thailand.



CHRISTOPHER R. CLARK has been named as the first General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton Chengdu, which opens this summer. A US national, Clark is an experienced GM with Ritz-Carlton, having previously worked at the company’s hotels in Seoul and Tokyo.

FIONA FOXON has been appointed as Vice President Marketing & Business Development for Tink Labs Limited, a new travel technology start-up based in Hong Kong. Ms Foxon was previously the Managing Director of Quintessentially Lifestyle Greater China, the provider of luxury concierge services.

SHANNON CRAIG has been appointed Resident Manager of the Rydges Esplanade Resort in Cairns. Although new to Cairns, Ms Craig has spent five years with Rydges Hotels & Resorts, most recently as GM of the Rydges Eagle Hawk Resort in New South Wales.

DOUGLAS GLEN has been named as the new Hotel Manager for The Landmark Bangkok and Area Director of Food & Beverage for the Landmark Lancaster Hotel Group in Thailand. With 25 years’ experience, Glen previously spent more than 13 years with The Landmark London.


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