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MOVERS& SHAKERS


NICK BAMFORD Rail industry veteran Nick Bamford has been appointed associate – ground/rail services at Black Box Partnerships. Bamford joins after ten years at the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), where he forged relationships with the GTMC and TMCs.


MARGARET BOWLER American Express Global Business Travel has named Margaret Bowler as director of hotel strategy. Bowler brings extensive experience, including more than 18 years at HRG, where she was global director of hotel relations.


CHARLOTTE GASSERT Charlotte Gassert has been hired as vice-president of sales for Europe at Infare. Gassert joins from Etihad Airways, where she was corporate sales manager for Germany. She previously worked at American Airlines.


PAUL GRANT Groundscope has appointed Paul Grant as commercial director. Grant joins from Karhoo, where he was global head of strategic partnerships. He was previously commercial director at Green Tomato Cars.


GEIR KARLSEN Norwegian has promoted its chief financial officer Geir Karlsen to deputy chief executive. Karlsen joined the airline in 2018, bringing experience from listed companies within the shipping and offshore sectors.


ELENA MUKHANOVA Penta Hotels has promoted Elena Mukhanova to corporate director of reservations. Mukhanova brings ten years’ industry experience with major companies, including Kempinski and Emaar Hospitality Group.


LEIGH-ANN REID Wings Travel Management has hired Leigh-Ann Reid as sales manager – oil, gas and corporate. Reid was previously offshore marine manager at Genesis and also spent eight years with HPR UK


GRAHAM ROSS FCM Travel Solutions has promoted Graham Ross to the role of UK general manager as Jo Greenfield takes on a role at parent company Flight Centre Travel Group. Ross was previously head of UK sales for four years.


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ANA RECOGNISED FOR DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION


ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA) has been presented with the 2019 J-Win Diversity Awards’ Advanced Achievement Award by Japan Women’s Innovation Network (J-Win).


The honour recognised the group’s progressive policies, including the ANA Group Diversity and Inclusion Promise, which was issued in 2015. ANA said that by establishing targets for promoting diversity and through the strengthening of employee networks, it was better able to recognise and reward internal talent. Moving forward, the airline said it will continue its commitment to gender equality and “removing barriers for female employees”. The group was also commended for its programmes aimed at providing employees with a better work-life balance.


Uber to buy Dubai rival Careem


RIDE-HAILING TECHNOLOGY FIRM Uber has agreed to buy its Dubai-based rival Careem for US$3.1 billion. The company will acquire all of Careem’s


mobility, delivery and payments businesses across the Middle East including major markets in Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The deal is expected to be completed by


the end of the first quarter of 2020. After closing, Careem will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Uber but will keep its branding. n TBR’s Craig Chambers on urban mobility trends, p145


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