(MENAFN- Bangladesh Monitor) Dhaka: Liz Ortiguera has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), effective May 17, 2021. Ortiguera will succeed Mario Hardy who will finish his tenure in May-end.
Regarding the new appointment, Soon-Hwa Wong, Chairman, PATA, said,“We are delighted to welcome Liz to the PATA family, especially as she will be the first Asian American female CEO in PATA's 70-year history.”
“Her extensive leadership experience across different industries in the Asia Pacific region is what PATA needs to lead the Association to new heights. The Executive Board looks forward to working closely with her as we rebuild a more resilient, responsible, sustainable and stronger travel and tourism industry."
Ortiguera has over 25 years of global experience and expertise in general management, marketing, business development, and partner network management.
With a career that spans several industries - travel/lifestyle, technology, financial services, and pharmaceuticals - Liz has experience working at both multinational corporations, including American Express and Merck, and start-up environments in software as a service (SaaS), e-commerce, and ed-tech.
For 10 years, Ortiguera was General Manager for Amex's Travel Partner Network in Asia-Pacific, managing partnerships with top travel management companies, MICE, and leisure agencies in the region.
On the occasion, Ortiguera said,“I am honoured to be selected as the next PATA CEO. I am confident that PATA, with its diverse member base of industry leaders, will continue to help catalyse our industry's recovery and growth. From crisis comes innovation and from community comes strength. PATA is even more critical as a business community today to support new partnerships, innovation, and the adoption of sustainable business practices.”
Ortiguera is an alumna of the Stanford University Graduate Business School, Columbia University Business School, New York University, and The Cooper Union in New York.
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