Travelport’s Simon Ferguson takes key US leadership role

Travelport northern Europe managing director Simon Ferguson has been promoted to managing director, agency commerce for the Americas.

The role will see him relocate to Atlanta in the US from July 1. He takes over from Bret Kidd who will be taking an alternative role within the company.

Ferguson has headed up commercial, marketing and operational business in the UK, Ireland, the Nordics, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Benelux region for the last six years.

He has previously held roles at Travelzoo and Travel Weekly Group where he was chief executive and led the management buyout from Reed Elsevier to industry entrepreneur Clive Jacobs in 2009.

During his time at Travel Weekly, Ferguson founded and was publishing director of Travolution, the group’s pioneering digital travel B2B publication.

In the EMEA region, Damian Hickey will take on the role of managing director, agency commerce following the departure of Rabih Saab earlier this year.

He will take up the role from June 1 and will relocate to Travelport’s Langley, UK base from Singapore, where he currently oversees Travelport’s Air Commerce business in the Asia-Pacific region.

Hickey has been at Travelport since 2012 in a number of leadership roles. He is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and has worked in the travel technology sector for over twenty years.

Jason Clarke, managing director for agency commerce, said: “I would like to thank Bret for his contribution in leading the Americas over the past two years and congratulate Damian and Simon on their new roles.

“I am confident that leaders of their caliber will ensure we continue to meet the needs of our customers in these critical regions and help them improve their performance with the unique tools and differentiated content only Travelport offers.”

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