The Institute of Travel and Meetings (ITM) has appointed Simone Buckley as its new CEO.
Buckley replaces Paul Tilstone as head of the organisation on the 1 January 2012, but starts in the post on 1 November toensure an effective hand-over.
CN reported last month Tilstone had been appointed the Chief Global Development Officer of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA).
Buckley has held roles previously as MD of Capita Business Travel and Sales Director at Carlson Wagonlit Travel before establishing a new UK consultancy, Bouda, in 2009. She will be relinquishing her role at Bouda in order to take up the new ITM position.
“The recruitment process attracted a talented shortlist of outstanding individuals which gave us a perspective on how well ITM is perceived in the industry,” ITM’s Chairman, Jamie Hindhaugh said. “Simone reflects all of the attributes we hold dearly at ITM. She is driven, professional, inclusive and knowledgeable and at the same time someone with character and charisma.”
Buckley will be joining the association’s annual strategic review in October. “I have always been an advocate for ITM and have respected their work and industry position,” said Buckley. “To take the helm and manage the transition to the new Chair, Nicola Lomas, in 2012 will be a real honour. As this exciting industry continues to change and develop I am looking forward to being a part of the on-going evolution that will ensure a future ITM that continues to benefit buyers and suppliers alike.”
ITM was established over 50 years ago to promote knowledge, networks and opportunities within the business travel sector. The association presently represents over 1,000 professional buyers and suppliers with a travel and meetings spend in excess of £34bn per annum.
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