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Charles Knowlton promoted to global GM at Topdeck

Youth travel specialists Topdeck Travel has announced the promotion of Charles Knowlton to global general manager.

Until recently, Knowlton was the GM of tour operations for Australia, New Zealand and the US.

Topdeck global managing director Janine Salame said: “We’re extremely excited and proud to have Charles as part of our global leadership team and look forward to his continued leadership and passion for the Topdeck brand, taking it to new heights.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Charles since 2015 – a truly humble, consistent and authentic leader who believes in the betterment of his people and their growth.

“Charles has earned respect and credibility at all levels of the business, and across the globe within the North America, UK, and Australian teams.”

Commenting on his appointment, Knowlton said: “I’m thrilled to take on the role of global general manager for Topdeck Travel.

“The history and purpose of the brand is something that has always resonated with me, the people and culture at Topdeck are second to none.

“I see tremendous potential for Topdeck. My goal is to lead the brand in a way that inspires, empowers and serves others within the organisation so that our culture thrives, and Topdeck flourishes.”

Knowlton has 15 years’ experience in the travel and touring sector, beginning his journey in 2004 as a trip leader, guiding customers through national parks across the US.

In 2012, he relocated to London to become Topdeck’s business development manager, before being quickly promoted to international sales manager, and eventually took on a role as brand manager in 2013, where he played a pivotal role in launching the company’s US program.

In 2016, Topdeck made the move to operate directly in North America and took Knowlton on the journey, appointing him as GM of tour operations for the region.

After two successful seasons managing in-market operations relationships, Knowlton became Topdeck’s GM of tour operations for the US, Australia and New Zealand.

Knowlton will officially commence his new role as global GM on Monday 10 June, with the intention to relocate from his base in Santa Monica to Topdeck’s head office in London in July.


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