Travel portal Opodo
, which is backed by nine European airlines, has appointed industry veteran David Coltman as its new chairman.
Coltman was chief marketing officer and executive officer of the UAL Corporation, which owns United Airlines, from 1995 to 2001. He joined UAL after British Caledonian, where he was chief executive, had been acquired by British Airways. He spent 14 years at BA, rising to general manager of market development.
Currently, Coltman is a director of John Menzies, The Edinburgh Worldwide Investment Trust, The Trinity House Lighthouse Board and several private companies.
He said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity of working within the travel industry again. I believe Opodo is uniquely placed to deliver a low-cost travel distribution service, which will benefit both the product providers and consumers.
“I will work closely with the new chief executive, when the appointment has been made, and the board to ensure Opodo achieves its vision of becoming the European travel agent of choice for customers and product providers.”
In March, Opodo`s chief executive Giovanni Bisignani
, a former head of Italian national carrier Alitalia, left to become director-general and chief executive of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Opodo hopes to name his replacement shortly.
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