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Travel Counsellors appoints first managing director for corporate travel

Travel Counsellors appoints first managing director for corporate travel

Independent travel company Travel Counsellors has appointed Kieran Hartwell as its first managing director for Travel Counsellors for Business, marking a significant moment in the travel Company’s journey following record growth.

With over a decade of corporate travel experience in senior positions, including recent roles as chief commercial officer for US-based Travel and Transport, and president at global travel management company Radius Travel, Kieran’s proven track record is set to drive Travel Counsellors for Business growth plans.

The new appointment comes as the company is celebrating record-breaking results, with its corporate arm delivering 17% growth in 2019 with sales of AED860m globally.

Kieran’s role as new Corporate MD will include shaping strategy to scale Travel Counsellors for Business over the next five years, identifying the right investments to support Travel Counsellors’ growing network of corporate travel specialists and clients, and acting as the global leader for the corporate travel arm.

Operating a franchise business model, over 1,900 independent travel business owners including 800 corporate travel specialists across the globe now use Travel Counsellors support platform to provide highly personalised corporate travel and booking experiences to over 400,000 customers a year.

Commenting on his new appointment, Kieran said: “I’m delighted to join a forward-thinking, high-growth company with a very special culture and focus on people. The business has a proven track record in providing the very best support model for travel management professionals, who in turn are committed to providing outstanding personalised experiences for their portfolio of corporate clients.

“Its recent successes show that we have the solid foundations in place to significantly scale this arm of the business, supporting our corporate travel business owners, many of whom are now using the company’s platform to provide enhanced client experiences through employing assistants, working in teams and shared workspaces, ultimately building their own successful travel management businesses. With no limits to growth for corporate travel counsellors, I’m pleased to be an active part of the TC community and work with the incredible talent across the business to drive our corporate travel offering forward.”

Kieran’s role follows the new appointment of Travel Counsellors first COO, Mark O’Donoghue, earlier this year, and the secondary management buyout from private equity company Vitruvian Partners, in 2018.

Commenting on the milestone appointment, Steve Byrne , CEO of Travel Counsellors, said: “Kieran’s appointment is evidence of our commitment to recruiting the very best talent from across the globe to support our business owners, so they can provide the best experiences possible for their clients.

“We are focused on providing a platform that supports a global community to be the very best they can be, alongside a clear, unwavering commitment to champion the human touch and redefine what personal service means in both leisure and corporate travel.

“We’re delighted that we have found someone in Kieran that shares our values and will drive forward our plans to build on the continued success of Travel Counsellors for Business by further improving our offering for corporate travel, attracting more TMCs to be part of our community who can take full advantage of our business model to support their clients.”

Travel Counsellors total transaction value surpassed AED3billion for the first time since its launch in 1994 for the company trading period 01 January – 20 December 2019, with total sales in 2020 expected to exceed AED3.3billion.

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