Highly experienced Chief Executive with strong track record in consumer marketing and digital
London, 20 March 2018 – Travelopia, one of the world’s leading experiential travel platforms, today announces the succession of Will Waggott by Andy Duncan as Chief Executive Officer.
Andy is a highly experienced chief executive with a strong background in growing consumer businesses, building brands and driving digital transformation. Prior to joining Travelopia, Andy served as CEO of Camelot UK, the National Lottery operator, building the company into the world’s largest digital lottery.
Prior to this, Andy was CEO of H.R. Owen, the UK’s largest luxury car business, and of Channel 4, where he introduced a range of digital channels and services including the successful 4oD. He also spent three years at the BBC, as Director of Marketing, Communications and Audiences, including leading the launch of Freeview, of which he was the founding Chairman. Andy began his career at Unilever, where he gained over seventeen years’ experience including in a variety of senior executive roles running International brands and businesses.
Will Waggott, CEO of Travelopia, said: “Travelopia has achieved a significant amount over the past few years, building a firm foundation for future growth following the separation from TUI. The business that I hand over to Andy is in a strong place, with a portfolio of leading brands, a loyal base of customers across the world, and a great team. His expertise in consumers, brands and digital transformation will be a real asset.”
Andy Duncan, incoming CEO, said: “I’m delighted to be joining Travelopia at such an exciting time. Will has done a fantastic job in steering the business through its separation from TUI. In a changing world, I look forward to working with everyone in the business to further develop and adapt our consumer platform and brands, enhance our digital offering, and maximise the growth opportunity of one of the major global trends of this age, the demand for amazing travel experiences.”
Travelopia, headquartered in the UK, is one of the world’s leading experiential travel platforms, providing customers with unique experiences, such as private jet travel, polar expedition cruises, cycling and trekking-based holidays, sailing adventures and high-end, tailor-made holidays. Travelopia has a large, international customer base of over 800,000 travelers each year and serves over 70 destinations globally through its 53 brands.
Travelopia is one of the world’s leading specialist travel groups. A pioneer in the experiential travel sector with a portfolio consisting of more than 50 independently operated brands, most of which are leaders in their sector. From sailing adventures, safaris and sports tours, to Arctic expeditions, each brand is diverse and focused on creating unforgettable experiences for customers across the world.
Travelopia brands pride themselves on offering a seamless and dedicated customer journey. From the exceptional service and in-depth knowledge of the sales teams, to best-in-class tour guides and concierges around the globe.
With a multitude of awards to their name, just some of the collection includes; Quark Expeditions, TCS World Travel, Hayes & Jarvis, Sovereign, Exodus Travels, Citalia, Austravel, Gullivers Sports Travel, Flexiski, American Holidays , The Moorings, Sunsail, and Headwater. www.travelopia.com
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About Andy Duncan
Andy has been appointed as the new CEO of Travelopia from 21st March 2018. He brings a wealth of commercial, consumer and brand marketing, and digital experience to the role.
2011 – 2017 – CAMELOT UK LOTTERIES
2014 – 2017 – Chief Executive Officer
2014 – 2017 – World and European Lottery Associations, ExCo member
2011 – 2014 – Managing Director
During his 6-year tenure total sales grew by 30%, and returns to good causes grew by 25%, including developing the online business into the world’s largest digital lottery
2010 – 2011 – HR OWEN
2010 – 2011 – Chief Executive Officer
Re-focused the company around a ‘luxury positioning’, returning it to sales and profit growth.
2004 – 2009 – CHANNEL 4 TELEVISION CORPORATION
2004 – 2009 – Chief Executive Officer
Grew TV viewer market share from 10% to 12%, and TV advertising share from 21% to 25%. Introduced a portfolio of free to air digital TV channels including E4, Film4 and More4, and launched 4OD in 2006, the world’s first full TV on demand platform.
2001 – 2004 – BBC
2001 – 2004 – Director of Marketing, Communications and Audiences
2002 – 2004 – Founding Chairman of Freeview
Launched a suite of new digital services. Led the launch of Freeview, the UK’s biggest TV platform.
1984 – 2001 – UNILEVER PLC
1999 – 2001 – European General Manager – Spreads and Cooking products
1984 – 1999 – General senior management and marketing roles
2014 – PRESENT – ADVERTISING ASSOCIATION, President
2006 – PRESENT – MEDIA TRUST, Trustee (and Chairman from 2006 to 2014)
2009 – PRESENT – OASIS, Social action and education charity – Trustee
2009 – 2013 – HMV GROUP PLC, Non-Executive Director
2008 – 2014 – BRITISH MUSEUM – member – Marketing Advisory Group
2002 – 2004 – CHILDREN IN NEED, Trustee