PATA to restructure with move to Bangkok

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Pacific Asia Travel Association announced the restructuring of its staff, effective with the Oct. 1 move of its headquarters to Bangkok, Thailand.

The association's Bangkok team will be led by chief executive officer Joseph McInerney, who will oversee the following members of the executive staff: John Koldowski, director-research and strategic information; Erin MacArthur, the former manager-events who has been promoted to director-events; and Lyn Hikida, the former manager-communications, who has been promoted to director-communications. Hikida will fill the position held by Bill Hastings, who was named managing director-the Americas and will be based at PATA's San Francisco office.

As part of the restructuring, the titles of the senior executives overseeing PATA's four divisional offices have been changed to managing directors. Along with Hastings, the managing directors will be Helen Lindsay Peterson, Asia; John Semone, Europe, and Sharon Hannaford, Pacific.

PATA's former manager-human resources, Gabriel Ortiz, has been promoted to director-Latin America, based in San Francisco. Besides liaising with PATA chapters and members in Latin America, and working to expand the organization in the Latin American outbound markets, Ortiz will continue to handle PATA office management and internal human resources.

Andrea Yeo, director-Southeast Asia, will add the responsibility of coordinating PATA's "two-way tourism" efforts within the Pacific-Asia region and will spend several months in the Americas and Pacific divisional offices before joining the staff at PATA's office in Bangkok.

PATA's Operational Headquarters will be located at Unit B1, 28th Floor, Siam Tower, 989 Rama I Road, Pratumwan, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand. PATA headquarters in Bangkok can be reached by telephone at (011) (66-2) 658-2000 and by fax at (011) (66-2) 658-2010. PATA maintains a Web site at www.pata.org. Until the association sets up a new e-mail address for its Bangkok headquarters, it can be reached at its San Francisco administrative headquarters at [email protected].

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