Top 20 extraordinary minds in European travel and hospitality named

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.”

Admirable minds

“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 & / 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 & 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