The Top 20 extraordinary minds within sales, marketing and technology in Europe’s travel and hospitality industry were named at the HSMAI Europe Awards at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London on Tuesday 4 February.
The 2014 Top 20 recipients are judged by a panel of senior executives for their recent work, based on the following criteria: creativity and innovation; cutting edge sales, marketing, revenue and technology campaigns; achievement in challenging situations; and sales efforts that resulted in significant gains.
“The Top 20 will become our annual hot list, that celebrates the sales, marketing and technology leaders and innovators in our industry,” says Ingunn Hofseth, president of HSMAI Europe, continuing:
“The creative strategies, passionate dedication and sharp intelligence of these professionals have not only grown the business within their organisations but have also truly raised the bar for the hospitality industry as a whole.”
“The judging of TOP 20 list of extraordinary minds is difficult, because there were so many factors to consider and attend to, not to mention many excellent candidates. We were looking for the extraordinary persons that have created a significant result for the company, but also created an example for everyone to live up to. I admire these individuals and what they have acheived” says chairman of the jury, professor dr. Bård Tronvoll.
See presentation of the winners, followed by a presentation of the judges, below video clip.
|1||David Doctor||Vice President Western Europe, Middle East and Africa at Amadeus IT Group||Madrid Area, Spain|
|2||Niklas Andréen||Group Vice President and Managing Director – Global Hospitality, Car & Partner Marketing at Travelport||Stockholm, Sweden|
|3||Jens Thraenhart||Co-Founder at Dragon Trail & TripShow.com / Founder at Digital Innovation Asia (DIA)||Germany|
|4||Eivind Roald||Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing at SAS (Scandinavian Airlines)||Oslo Area, Norway|
|5||Christopher E. Bates, CRME||COO at Hall St. and Owner of Enrich Revenue||Barcelona Area, Spain|
|6||Frederic Savoye||Regional Director of Revenue Western & Southern Europe at Hilton Worldwide||Barcelona Area, Spain|
|7||Suzie Wotton||Vice President of Marketing at Red Carnation Hotels||London, United Kingdom|
|8||Brannon Winn||VP Business Development – EMEA at Sabre Hospitality Solutions||The Netherlands|
|9||Sally Beck||Hotel Manager at Lancaster London hotel||London, United Kingdom|
|10||Reto Gurtner||Chairman/CEO at Weisse Arena Gruppe||Saint Gallen Area, Switzerland|
|11||Dr Des O’Mahony||Founder & CeoBookassist.com Ireland (Head Office)||Ireland|
|12||Siri Løining Kolderup||Head of Communications at The Thief, Oslo||Norway|
|13||Jeff Karlson||Group Vice President at Passkey||London, United Kingdom|
|14||Alex Muttscheller||Director of Distribution and Data ManagementKempinski Hotels||Switzerland|
|15||Francis Bertrand||Vice President Ventes Internationales – Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts||France|
|16||Chris Cooper||Group Director of Revenue at Rocco Forte Hotels||London|
|17||Carl Oldsberg||VP Revenue & Distribution, Nordic Hoice Hotels||Sweden|
|18||Thomas Bieger||Prof. Dr.President, Professor of Management with special focus on the Tourist Industry||Switzerland|
|19||Matthew Pancaldi||Director of Sales Europe & Asia, HRG||UK|
|20||Erik Munoz||Executive Director Strategic Sales & Global Partnership, SiteMinder||London, United Kingdom|