The supervisory board of TravelTainment has appointed Andrew Owen-Jones as the new chief executive of TravelTainment.
With the appointment of Andy Owen-Jones as a new CEO, TravelTainment is again headed by a single leader after the retirement of Ralf Usbeck.
This move follows the desire of the TravelTainment board to ensure the company´s continued dynamics and support it´s ambition for international growth.
Andy Owen-Jones has been managing director of TravelTainment since April 2008, together with Michael Kalt, and has particularly advanced the establishment of the international TravelTainment organisations in France and England, with great success.
In France, for example, major industry players, such as Thomas Cook France, Jet Tours, Afat Voyage and CETO have recently opted for the TravelTainment solutions.
Owen-Jones studied in London and Oxford and has diverse experiences and contacts in the travel and tourism industry to fall back on.
He began his career with British Airways, worked as a Change Management Consultant and expanded his tourism and IT know-how at Virgin Atlantic, as well as at Virgin Travelstore.
Here, he held positions as IT, HR and Commercial Director. Since 2004, Andy Owen-Jones was responsible for international strategy in tourism travel business for Amadeus.
Intensive contacts with TravelTainment already resulted here at an early stage, which allowed Owen-Jones to become a driving force and significant proponent of the TravelTainment acquisition in 2006, for which he was ultimately responsible.
Owen-Jones said: “The TravelTainment products are unique worldwide. I am inspired by the innovative spirit of the team and the opportunities, which exist in Germany and internationally for TravelTainment.
“It is an extraordinarily exciting task, to make the best use of our unique position for the benefit of the company, its customers and employees. It is my aim to maintain TravelTainment’s innovation and dynamics making sure we do everything we need to maintain it’s differentiation and distinctiveness.”
Michael Kalt, managing director at TravelTainment Central, said: “Through Andy’s insider know-how and excellent networking in Amadeus and TravelTainment, we have gained an optimum interface to our parent Group with him. This way, we can ideally structure the continued successful development of TravelTainment in Germany, and particularly also its internationalisation.”