HEDNA annonce 2013 Board of Directors and Executive Team

ImageProxy.mvcHEDNA (the Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association) announced its 2013 Board of Directors at their Winter Conference held December 3-5, 2012, at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.  HEDNA are an important association to our industry, especially to those of us involved directly in distribution and is made up of representatives from all over the hotel world, from technology companies and GDS; distribution companies and hotel chains.  So here are some names to watch.  There are three newly elected members of the board:

  • Craig Barnby, Director, Hospitality Solutions Architect, Orbitz Worldwide
  • Mike Carlo, Global Market Leader for Travel, GlobalCollect
  • John Owens, Senior Vice President, Global Sales, Pegasus Solutions

Additional Members at Large for 2013 are:

  • Tom Bruno, Director, eDistribution Development and Operations, Marriott International
  • David Cabreza, Director, International Distribution Services, Hilton Worldwide
  • Doug Carr, Executive Director Distribution, Fairmont Raffles Hotels International
  • Cynthia Castillo, Head of Hotel Program & Customer Relationship Travel Services Business Group, Amadeus IT Group S.A.
  • Kevin Furlong, Director of Data Services, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts
  • Linda Kent, SVP, Electronic Distribution, Wyndham Hotel Group
  • Edward Perry, Global Senior Director of Social Media, OTA Partnerships and Innovation Projects, Worldhotels
  • David Revelle, Director of Business Development, DerbySoft
  • Dee Thomas, Vice President – Product Management, Supplier Solutions, Lanyon
  • Rajesh Vohra, Sales and Marketing Director, Sarova Hotels

Retiring from the board are: Louise Meyer, Vice President, Hotels, VFM Leonardo; Sarah Fowler, formerly Strategic Account Director, Pegasus Solutions; and Melanie Ryan Owens, Senior Vice President, Sales, Bankrate, Inc. and formerly with Orbitz Worldwide, who leaves the association after eight years on the board, the past four as President.

HEDNA also announced the Executive Committee for 2013: Rajesh Vohra takes the reins as President of HEDNA’s Board of Directors; Doug Carr was elected Vice President; Edward Perry retains his position as Secretary; and Tom Bruno retains his role as Treasurer.

HEDNA saw a record number of new members in 2012, in addition to enjoying record attendance at the Winter Meeting in Las Vegas. “The strong support of our members has allowed HEDNA to increase its educational offerings, expand outreach, deliver additional networking opportunities, and further strengthen the organization’s strategic vision to be the leading global forum to advance hospitality distribution,” Owens said in her opening remarks.

As she announced the new board and passed the torch to Vohra at the close of the conference, Owens expressed sincere thanks to the HEDNA membership, Board of Directors and the association’s world class staff. “It’s been an honor and a pleasure to serve as President of HEDNA these past four years,” she said. “I am truly thankful for your support and your faith in me to lead this inspiring association.”

As he begins his two-year term as President, Vohra pointed to his previous role as a board member as sound training for the job ahead. “After a very enjoyable and fruitful two years on the HEDNA Board I am delighted and excited to have been elected to lead such an august group of industry leaders.   Melanie has been a wonderful President and will be a truly hard act to follow. The future for HEDNA is very bright, and I look forward to helping shape that future over the next 2 years.”


Peter Ducker to step down as HBAA Executive Director [breaking news]

News just in…… Peter Ducker, Executive Director of the Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA), has announced that he will be stepping down from the position following the Association’s AGM on 11th January 2013.

A founding member and passionate advocate of the HBAA, Peter was the Association’s first Chairman in 1997 and has overseen many key initiatives during that time.  Since his appointment to the role of Executive Director five years ago, these include the Association’s Bribery Act 2010 Industry Guidance for Hotel Booking Agents and Venue Operators, Financial Forum and the HBAA International Charter.

HBAA Chairman Chris Peacock commented “Peter has always been a staunch supporter of the HBAA, and the profile of the Association is now higher than ever before, providing real ROI to agents, hotels, venues and apartment services. We will miss his hard work, professionalism and dedication. I thank him for his continued commitment to the HBAA and wish him all the very best for the future.”

The HBAA will now assess and redefine the Executive Director role and its wider structure: the Association is seeking to appoint an Interim Association Consultant from within the industry for a short term contract.  The role has been created to assist throughout the transition period, provide continuity to the membership and committees, carry out some of the strategic responsibilities of the Executive Director, and allow sufficient time to make important decisions for the Association.

“With the support of the Executive Office, Executive Committee and Management Committee, this situation will not adversely affect membership to the Association,” said Chris Peacock, “We will ensure that all decisions taken are in the best interests of the HBAA; this is an opportunity to take the Association forward, and a plan is in place to ensure a smooth transition.”

On a personal note, I have known Peter for the last three or four years and had the pleasure in working with him on a couple of projects, memorably a Hotel Industry Roundtable that I moderated.  Peter is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the hotel industry and I am sure the HBAA will sorely miss his enthusiasm  drive and commitment.   Congratulations Peter, on the great work you have overseen at the HBAA and the very best of luck for the future.