Paul Wait has left his role as chief operations officer at Southall Travel after less than two years to set up his own business.
He was previously CEO of the Guild of Travel Management Companies and spent 13 years at Virgin Atlantic after starting his career at American Express.
Wait has now created Bolton-based management consultancy RedApple 7.
His first client is ground transport technology company Autocab where he has taken on the position of commercial director at the iGo Anywhere network of taxi and private hire firms.
Wait said: “I have launched my own business, RedApple 7. It’s been an ambition of mine for many years and I would like to thank those people who have encouraged, challenged and persuaded me to do so.
“I am excited that my first client is a technology company in the ground transportation space – Autocab. My role will be that of commercial director of iGo Anywhere, a new brand.
“Looking forward to re-connecting with all my industry colleagues.”