Wednesday, 24 October 2007

UK's Top 50 Powerful in Online Travel by Wealth!

Travolution this month created a list of the UK's top 50 most powerful people in online Travel.

I have put a different spin on the same list.....Wealth!

Not everyone is interested in being wealthy (well that is what they say!), but I most are. I have categorising the published list of people in Travolution by estimating thier wealth potential in thier current roles. Note: I have ignored whether they have already had wealth from previous positions from other companies.

Any alterations please send in a comment!

Already Seriously Weathly
Michael O’Leary, chief executive, Ryanair
Stelios Haji-Ioannou, chairman, EasyGroup

Potential to be Wealthy
Alex Saint, managing director, Dealchecker
Chris Loughlin, executive vice-president Europe, Travelzoo
Chris Nixon, managing director, Travelsupermarket
David Soskin, chief executive, Cheapflights
Greg Turley, co-founder and chief executive, CarTrawler
Hugo Burge, vice-chairman and head of international, Cheapflights
Moshe Rafiah, chief executive, Travelfusion
Paul Evans, chief executive, LowCost Group
Paul Furner, managing director, Travel Republic
Peter Ward/Jerome Touze, co-founders,
Steve Endacott, chief executive, On Holiday Group
Terry Fisher, managing director, Gold Medal Travel Group
Gareth Williams, chief executive, Skyscanner

Potential to Make a Good Deal of Money
Andrew Botterill, chief executive, Global Travel Group
Dermot Halpin, president EMEA, Expedia
Graham Donoghue, new media director, TUI Travel
Marc Charron, European managing director, TripAdvisor
Adrian Currie, corporate development director and chief financial officer,

Will Earn a Good Whack
Adrian Watts, sales and distribution director, TheTrainline
Alan Josephs, managing director, Ebookers
Alison Wightman, head of marketing and systems, Virgin Atlantic
Alistair Rowland, director of distribution, Co-Operative Travel
Andrew Laurie, managing director, UK Stella Travel Services Group
Andy Tidy, e-commerce director, Thomas Cook
Carl Burrows, commercial director, Medhotels
Carsten Willert, head of, British Airways
Celia Pronto, marketing director, STA Travel
Chris Roe, general manager, e-commerce, Virgin Holidays
Daniele Mancini, e-business director, Costa Cruises
David Roche, senior vice-president EMEA, Expedia
Gordon Wilson, chief executive and president, Galileo/Worldspan
Graham Nichols, vice-president and general manager, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa, Worldspan
Guy Parsons, chief operating officer, Travelodge
Ian McCaig, chief executive,
Ignacio Martos, chief executive, Opodo
Kenny Boyle, director of commercial and marketing services, VisitBritain
Martin Cowley, senior vice-president, EMEA, Sabre Travel Group
Matt Cheevers, managing director, Teletext Holidays
Nick Mercer, commercial director, Eurostar
Richard Firminger, regional sales director, Northern Europe, Yahoo! Search Marketing
Richard Mintern, group chief information officer, The Monarch Travel Group
Robin Frewer, head of travel UK, Google
Russell Gould, director of e-commerce, Thomas Cook UK and Ireland
Stephane Durand, UK and Ireland Managing Director, Amadeus
Stephen Palmer, chief executive, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Lonely Planet
Stuart Nassos, UK and Ireland managing director, Holiday Autos
Tim Davis, senior vice-president for commercial development and information systems, Hilton Corporation
Tim Frankcom, general manager, Europe, Yahoo! Travel


Alex Bainbridge said...

Do you consider that people working as employees of large travel companies can become personaly wealthy?

If wealthy is a six figure salary (GBP) then that is not quite the same as being an entrepreneur and selling your business?

Maybe your definition of wealthy is different to mine!

Ed Whiting said...

who are you thinking of in the list that you don't think would become wealthly?

There are some people with sizable shareholdings that also work for the company.

Yes I agree wealthy is subjective, I didn't have a figure in mind.

Anonymous said...

this is all getting a little bizarre but I will take the fair whack! Matt Cheevers

Ian Brooks said...

Ed, we are going to miss your alternative perspective on things when you're down under.

Who's going to be brave enough to suggest a list of those people they think are going to lose a lot of money!!

gail kenny said...

Not just brave, but also stupid!
Ed, Would suggest you include the guys from Travel Republic and Oliver Brendon from ATD in your "Potential to Make a Good Deal of Money". True entrepreneurs - could argue they are already making a decent profit!

Ed Whiting said...

Good suggestion Gail, I am in admiration of Travelrepublic and Attraction Tickets Direct (ATD), both businesses have excelled and really harnessed the online space.