High flyer Duffell bags PATA CEO role
After serving in the Royal Australian Air Force as a pilot he built a career in business development in Australia, the Middle East, UK and US. He has lived and worked in Asia for the past 20 years and speaks a number of Asian languages - including Thai.
"Importantly for us he speaks the PATA language and I know that Greg Duffell is the right choice to lead our Association as we seek to strengthen the Association whilst, at the same time, addressing a number of major challenges in 2009 and beyond," says interim President & CEO Brian Deeson. "Greg joins PATA in mid-January and we wish him every success." Brian Deeson remains the Association's interim CEO until Greg Duffell takes up his new duties.
PATA Chairman Janice Antonson has also welcomed the Board's endorsement.
"The appointment of Greg Duffell as the new CEO of PATA is tremendous news for our staff, our members and the wider travel and tourism community. These are very challenging times and I am confident that Greg Duffell will prove to be an inspirational leader. The Board of PATA looks forward to welcoming him officially to his new role in January 2009", she says.