Harteveldt to Hudson Crossing, Botts to Denihan

By Arnie Weissmann
Henry HarteveldtHenry Harteveldt, best known for his 12-year tenure as the travel sector analyst for Forrester Research, is joining Hudson Crossing, a consulting firm.

He is making the move 15 months after leaving Forrester to co-found Atmosphere Research Group, where he headed the travel practice.

Hudson advises in a variety of verticals, including travel and hospitality, financial services and technology. Founding partner Andy Hermo said Harteveldt’s research, analysis and consulting skills will be “a great asset,” noting that Harteveldt has consulted to major hotel brands, airlines, online travel agencies, GDSs and industry associations.

It was concurrently announced that Tom Botts — a managing partner at Hudson Crossing and former executive at Starwood, Hotwire and Delta — is leaving Hudson to become executive vice president and chief customer officer of Denihan Hospitality Group.

Denihan owns and operates boutique hotels, including the Affinia, Benjamin, James and Surrey brands.

Botts will retain a position on Hudson’s advisory board, according to Hermo.

Botts’ position at Denihan is newly created, and company president, David Duncan said Botts’ experience in sales, customer experience, online distribution and marketing would prove to be a “catalyst” for Denihan’s growth.

Botts said he was looking forward to returning to an operational role.

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