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Montagnese Joins ACV, Platanitis Named VP Sales

Air Canada Vacations has appointed Nino Montagnese to the new role of managing director, Sun Markets, effective June 2, and George Platanitis to the new role of vice-president, Sales and Partnerships.

“I’m very pleased to welcome Nino back to the Air Canada Vacations family. Nino is a respected leader in the Canadian travel industry and brings with him an extensive background in marketing and sales management,” said Craig Landry, president, Air Canada Leisure Group.

In his new role, Montagnese will have executive responsibility for the design and delivery of the integrated commercial plan in support of ACV’s core Sun markets, while providing leadership to the sales, marketing and product teams.

Montagnese joins ACV from TravelBrands, where he was senior vice-president, Sunquest and Holiday House since 2014. Prior to that, Montagnese was at Air Canada Vacations for more than 12 years, where he last served as vice-president, sales and marketing. Montagnese will report directly to Landry.

As vice-president, sales and partnerships, Platanitis will be responsible for ACV’s overall sales and distribution strategy, with a mandate to grow and deepen the tour operator’s relationships with the travel trade and industry partners. Platanitis joined Air Canada Vacations in January 2015 as vice-president, marketing and E-commerce, and has over 20 years in sales and business development experience at Air Canada, Aeroplan, and MemberWorks.

“George is a leader who knows how to build relationships that build value. His experience and insights will be a great asset to our sales and partnerships teams,” said Landry.

Platanitis will report to Montagnese. All marketing areas will also report to Montagnese until a new head of marketing is hired.

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