Posted on: 30 May 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Airline and travel-industry executive, Travis Christ, has joined Row 44 in the position of Chief Sales and Airline Business Development Officer.
Christ joins Row 44 from Travelport, where he served the global distribution system firm as Americas division president and led the growth of the company’s global distribution system business throughout the United States, Canada, and Central and South America.
Prior to his role at Travelport, Christ served as Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Distribution for US Airways, where he was responsible for business development, corporate and agency sales, multi-channel product distribution, marketing, the usairways.com website, and President of US Airways Vacations.
Throughout his 13-year tenure with US Airways (including 10 years at America West, which US Airways acquired in 2005), Christ held key roles across many facets of the airline, including consumer marketing and loyalty, sales analysis, capacity planning, and profitability optimisation.
John Guidon, CEO of Row 44 commented, "Travis’s broad set of skills and worldwide travel-industry relationships bring a valuable new component to Row 44’s global sales and airline business development. We are thrilled to have such a talented and respected industry leader join our team."
"Very few executives in the travel industry have the combination of industry knowledge, strategic mindset, understanding of the customer and deep set of key relationships that Travis brings to Row 44," added Howard Lefkowitz, Row 44’s Chief Commercial Officer. "I have had a working relationship with Travis for a decade, and I cannot imagine a more valuable strategic addition to Row 44’s executive team."
Christ will be responsible for all of Row 44’s sales and airline business development globally.