Delta welcomes new VP Brand Management Dan Csont joined Delta Air Lines December 12 as Vice President of Brand Management. He will oversee the airline’s product development and customer experience programs, brand design and marketing communications programs. Csont was previously Global Chief Marketing Officer for Network Solutions at TE Connectivity — a publicly traded US$12 billion electronics company. While there, he led a global team across 10 countries to develop and execute comprehensive digital strategies, re-engineer go-to-market processes and drive brand affinity. Csont has also held executive marketing roles at AT&T and Equifax. Csont will direct product design, innovation, creativity and specific design elements that deliver on Delta’s brand promise. He will be based in Atlanta and report to Mapes.
Longtime United/Chelsea exec retires Bill Braun
Kaelis opens new office in Moscow In November, Kaelis opened an office in Moscow and announced that Asiya Gabdullina is now a part of the Kaelis team as Business Development Manager for Russia and CIS countries. Gabdullina has more than 20 years of sales experience in the onboard services and food-service industries.
Two join EveryMundo Miami-based marketing solutions provider EveryMundo as added Oliver Dunn as Director of Business Development and Jonathan Liu as Managing Director for the company’s Asia-Pacific region. Dunn has more than a decade of experience in business development and revenue growth strategies. He previously held a sales leadership role at Intelligent Medical Objects, a medical software company. Liu’s background is in search engine optimization and marketing, paid search and online advertising management. He has previously worked at Yahoo! and the Asia division of Hotels.com. EveryMundo specializes in solutions of r optimizing the direct online booking channel. The company’s airTRFX provides airlines with the online booking infrastructure to compete with online travel agencies.
Shortly before the Thanksgiving Holiday, Bill Braun Managing Director of Global Sales and Marketing at Chelsea Food Services/ United Airlines announced his retirement after 20 years with the company. “I’ve lived in many exciting places, working with some great people, and for some excellent companies,” he said. In a 2012 story in PAX International, Braun looked back on a career in an ever-changing industry, with endless challenges. He also gave some advice to anyone at the beginning of a career. “It’s an exciting business with lots of great opportunities to advance, travel, and meet people from all walks of life. Your pay will get better and better if you work hard and deliver good results. But, expect to work lots of hours, weekends, nights, holidays, seven-day weeks ” he said. Braun also gave back to the industry as an active member of the International Flight Services Board for nearly 10 years. In retirement, he plans to live in both Denver and San Diego, where he will enjoy snow skiing and sailing and being around family and friends. He and his wife, Chris, also plan to travel extensively, visiting industry colleagues from his 47 years in the business.
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