PATA has appointed Mr Mario Hardy as Chief
Operations Officer, effective 15 January 2014.
Based at PATA HQ in Bangkok, Mr Hardy will
support CEO Martin Craigs. Mr Hardy has been Chairman of the PATA
Foundation since June 2012 and has been at the forefront of the
foundation’s response to tropical storm Haiyan in the Philippines
since 8 November.
An investor, entrepreneur and senior executive
with more than 28 years of combined leadership, corporate
development and change management experience, Mr Hardy was Vice
President – Asia Pacific of UBM Aviation (OAG) between 1999 and 2013, with postings in Singapore, Beijing and London.
to that he was Head of Group and Charter Sales for Canadian
Airlines for 12 years and was based in Vancouver and Montreal.
As COO of PATA, Mr Hardy, a Canadian national, will liaise
closely with the CEO and take responsibility for delivering a wide
range of internal enhancements to advance PATA’s Next Gen agenda
on behalf of its member organizations.
“All of us at PATA
are very pleased to welcome Mario on board,” said CEO, Martin Craigs. “Mario’s wide-ranging executive skills and long track
record in the travel industry will bolster PATA’s internal
management processes. With Mario’s appointment, PATA can go up a
Mr Hardy has worked in Asia for 10 years and has a
proven track record in online travel, technology, analytics and
“I believe PATA is now back at the top table of travel
associations,” said Craigs. “With our new
Director for China
announced this week and Mario’s appointment too, 2014 is shaping
up to be a year of innovation and change when the Association can add extra value for its members.”
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