Tourism

The Travel Corporation appoints new Aussie CEO

The Travel Corporation (TTC) has announced the appointment of Fiona Dalton as its new CEO for Australia.

Dalton is currently on sabbatical to complete her MBA and will commence her new role on 2 October 2020.

TTC’s current Australian boss, John Veitch, will stay on until April after announcing his impending departure last week. Lorraine Sharp will be returning to the company as interim CEO from April until October.

With over 25 years’ experience across the retail, wholesale, hotel, corporate, and cruise sectors, Dalton moves from her current role, held for the last four years, of managing director for Uniworld Boutique River Cruises.

Prior to this, she held positions as the general manager of sales for Qantas Holidays and its associated brands in Helloworld, and as associate director of global travel for Macquarie Group.

Dalton has been a mentor to the TIME (Travel Industry Mentor Experience) program since 2016 and joined the board of TIME as Director in 2019. In 2017, she was recognised for her efforts in the cruise sector with a Women in Travel Award.

TTC chief executive Brett Tollman, who is currently in Sydney to celebrate the company’s 100th-year anniversary, said: “We thank John for his leadership and positive impact in leading TTC Australia these past 4.5 years. We wish him the very best in his new career as he embarks on a leadership role outside the travel industry.

“With change comes opportunity, and I am thrilled to announce the internal promotion of Fiona Dalton and welcome back distinguished industry leader Lorraine Sharp as part of the transition plan.

“We are pleased [to] appoint Fiona to this role. Her capability covers a wide range of areas including strategic, general and financial management, coupled with strong communication, negotiation and commercial acumen.

“Teamed with Fiona’s strength and passion about the impact of effective leadership on businesses and leading people, both in relation to culture and commercial success, this will all be instrumental in her successful leadership, our relationships with agent partners, and to take Australia to new heights.”

Commenting on her appointment, Dalton said: “I am delighted to be appointed as the new CEO [of] TTC Australia.

“It is an honour to take over the reins from John Veitch, and to work with Brett and our superbly talented teams across the country to further enhance our market-leading position in Australia.

“Our brands stand for excellence, our partnerships have been built on trust and our people operate with great integrity. I am excited to work across these three areas to build on the successful foundations already in place for TTC for many years to come.”



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