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Virtuoso’s leadership team changes see Michael Londregan promoted to global role

Virtuoso has announced the appointment of two senior executives to its leadership team, as the luxury travel agent network looks to grow its global presence.

Michael Londregan (pictured above, centre), who formerly served as Virtuoso’s managing director across the Asia Pacific (APAC), has been elevated to senior vice president of global operations.

Over the past seven years, Londregan has been responsible for establishing Virtuoso within Australia and New Zealand, while also moving the network’s expansion into China.

In his new role, he will turn his eye to further cementing global operations geared toward future growth in the various markets where Virtuoso currently has travel agency members, including APAC, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Londregan will continue to be based in Sydney and lead Virtuoso’s local team, which has also been boosted by the appointment of Nicole Chalwell as account director for Australia and New Zealand, and Zoe Dean as marketing manager.

Joining Londregan on Virtuoso’s leadership team is travel industry veteran Helen McCabe-Young, who has been named the company’s senior VP of marketing after working in an acting capacity since July 2020.

McCabe-Young previously held senior executive positions with Kerzner International, including at One&Only Resorts and Atlantis The Palm, Dubai.

She also brings to Virtuoso more than 12 years’ experience in the cruise sector, having served as VP of marketing for Silversea Cruises and, prior to that, helping build the Princess Cruises brand while with advertising agency Campbell-Ewald.

Virtuoso chairman and CEO Matthew Upchurch said: “Helen and Michael bring experience that complements our existing leadership team, and their collective talents will help lay the groundwork today for travel’s recovery tomorrow.

“We will continue to launch new products and leverage existing products in new ways, with a clear focus on driving consumer engagement that flows to Virtuoso advisors and travel partners.

“Being a global company with agencies and advisors in over 50 countries has provided the diversity to support domestic and regional travel when international travel was not possible.

“As we continue to build our Virtuoso team and network globally, we will not only navigate our way through recovery, but will look to lead the way forward in travel.

“I’m very pleased to have Helen and Michael part of the Virtuoso leadership team that will take us to a new level.”


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