PATA has appointed Mario Hardy as Chief
Executive Officer, effective tomorrow (1 November 2014).
Prior to becoming CEO, Mr Hardy was Chief
Operations Officer of PATA, a position he held since 15 January
Through the end of November, Mr Martin Craigs, the outgoing
CEO, will fulfill his obligations made as CEO at various speaking
engagements that have been confirmed, including the Brisbane
Global Cafe Ė Tourismís New Frontiers on Thursday, 13 November
2014, ahead of the G20 Leadersí Summit in Brisbane, Australia.
PATA Chairman Scott Supernaw said, ďThe Executive Board is
delighted that Mr Hardy has accepted this CEO appointment. In the
short time he has been COO he has proven himself to be an
effective and motivating leader. His management skills and
creativity are what PATA needs to move the Association forward and
regain itsí position as the leading organization providing
sustainable and profitable travel and tourism services for our
Mr Hardy is
an entrepreneur with close to 30 years
of combined leadership, corporate development and change
He is also the past Chairman of the
Board of Trustees of the PATA Foundation, a non-profit
organisation with a mission to contribute to the sustainable and
responsible development of travel and tourism in Asia Pacific
through the protection of the environment, the conservation of
heritage and support for education.
Prior to PATA, Mr Hardy
worked 14 years for UBM/OAG, a business with a focus on data
analytics and events for the aviation sector, and occupied several
leadership roles in London, Beijing and Singapore.
his career with People's Express Airlines in 1985, before joining
Canadian Airlines in 1987 where he spent 12 years in a number of
sales, marketing and operational roles, leading to his appointment
in a senior management role heading the Group Sales & Charter
division in 1997.
Mr Hardy has a BSc from the University of
Montreal, a Public Relations Certificate from L'…cole des Hautes
…tudes Commerciales de Montrťal and an International Trade
Certificate from the O'Sullivan College of Montreal.
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