|May 20, 2013|
David Allen To Join Webjet As CEO Australia/New Zealand
|Webjet has appointed David Allen to the newly created role of Chief Executive Officer, Australia/New Zealand reporting to John Guscic, Managing Director, Webjet Limited.|
Allen will be charged with continuing to grow the market leading position that Webjet holds within the markets, while integrating and subsequently growing the Australian division of its latest acquisition, Zuji. Allen will be based at Webjet's head office in Melbourne.
John Guscic, Managing Director, Webjet Limited said: "David Allen's appointment as CEO is recognition of our ongoing growth throughout the Asia Pacific region. It's an exciting time at Webjet and I welcome David on board to assist in our journey. His extensive experience and knowledge of the travel industry will be critical to the propulsion of the Webjet and Zuji brands in the South Pacific region."
Allen said it was a privilege to join such a trusted brand. "I am looking forward to working with the wider Webjet team to continue to grow the value and innovation recognized by its customers and shareholders."
During a 30-year career in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, Allen has been employed in a number of senior management and marketing roles in travel related multi-national companies, ranging from Avis, corporate travel agencies, charge & credit card providers, Sabre Pacific and Zuji New Zealand. Prior roles included a focus on CRM activity, loyalty systems and other major customer retention and profit improvement programmes.
For the last five years Allen has headed a successful consulting company, contracting to a range of travel and IT related organizations throughout Australia and New Zealand. Major projects have included the implementation of online booking facilities and loyalty systems for leading Australian travel organisations such as the Spirit of Tasmania.
Allen will be relocating to Melbourne from Auckland for his start date of June 17.
Allen's appointment follows on from the announcement last week that Ms. Hui Wan Chua has joined the global Webjet team in Singapore, with responsibility for both the Webjet and Zuji brands in that territory. Ms. Chua also reports to John Guscic.