Published on Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Mystery industry veteran to join Traveltek following Whittle's departure

Travel technology provider Traveltek has announced a shake-up of its sales management team following the departure of global sales director Peter Whittle.

Whittle has left the company after 12 years to 'pursue other interests', said the Glasgow-based Group. These include working with, a UK charity for the homeless.

Traveltek said he would be replaced by three regional senior vice presidents sales, one of whom is a 'well-known industry name' whose identity has not yet been revealed.

The others are cruise industry veteran and former Norwegian Cruise Line SVP Francis Riley, who had already been confirmed as SVP sales for the America's, based in Miami, and Paul Millan, who has been promoted from regional director to SVP sales Asia Pacific.

He will divide his time between the company's Singapore, Sydney and Hong Kong offices.

The third SVP sales will cover Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Traveltek said they had 'vast experience in similar roles with big industry brands'. They will join the firm in August.

Traveltek said Whittle had 'played a significant role transforming the business into the success story it is today'.
He was part of the team that secured the company's £5.3 million capital injection from private equity fund manager YFM at the end of 2016.

"As we embark on a new era of unprecedented business development in key regional markets around the world, I am confident our three highly-experienced Senior Vice Presidents will be the driving force we need to take Traveltek to the next level," said president and CEO Kenny Picken.

"At the same time, we're sad to be losing Peter Whittle, an exceptional sales talent and a good friend who has helped lay the foundations for our global expansion strategy.

"As he enters a new chapter of his life, just as we mark a new dawn for our business, we bid him a fond farewell and wish him every success in his future endeavours."

"I've spent 12 fantastic years at Traveltek," said Whittle. "I've visited more than 40 countries, met some great people and worked hard to grow the business. It's now time for me to take on a new challenge."

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