Friday, September 9, 2011

PATA gets new CEO #pataptm11

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has appointed Martin Craigs as its new CEO, starting October 31, 2011.

Craigs is currently elected President of Aerospace Forum Asia  and Managing Partner at Hillcrest International Advisory. For the last 25 years, Craigs, 55, a UK and Irish passport holder, has been mostly based in Hong Kong. An aviation industry specialist, Craigs has held senior positions at companies such as Short Brothers and Saab Scania Group, rising to become Executive Vice President of BAE Systems.

 As an airline industry marketer and advocate, he has undertaken projects and worked in Europe, USA, Latin America and the Middle East over the last 25 years.

PATA Interim CEO, Bill Calderwood said: “Martin understands the travel industry and with his long AFA experience he understands associations and the importance of membership.”

PATA Chairman, Hiran Cooray, said: “With his extensive top level networking contacts and inter-personal talents, Martin, as the new CEO, can be relied on to win hearts and minds externally and internally.”
Commenting on his new appointment, Craigs said: “I applaud the new commitment of PATA to business building and external advocacy. I salute PATA’s pledge to add insights and meaningful value in an increasingly commoditised mass travel and tourist market. The PATA CEO post is a leadership challenge that appeals to me and draws deeply on the assignments and responsibilities that I currently undertake.”  

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