FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK, NY USA, October 6, 2016 - Travel industry research authority Phocuswright, a division of Northstar Travel Group, today announced the appointment of Simon Lehmann as the brand’s president, effective November 1, 2016.
Lehmann brings to Phocuswright 25 years of strategic and operating experience, expertise in travel and technology and a passion for moving the industry forward. As president, he will build on the strength of Phocuswright’s premier research and events to foster growth and expand the brand’s global reach.
“Simon’s rich talent and deep experience will provide Phocuswright with the necessary leadership to continue to expand its global footprint as well as introduce new business information tools and data products,” said Bob Sullivan, president, Travel Group, Northstar Travel Group.
Lehmann most recently served as CEO of Biketec AG and Interhome AG. He has also held executive roles at Swissport and Hotelplan Group. He was a board member of Inntopia, HomeAway and Travel.ch.
“Simon is widely respected for his vision and accomplishments,” said Lorraine Sileo, senior vice president, research, Phocuswright. “We are confident that he will continue to move our business forward with his fresh approach and bold ideas.”
“I am looking forward to working with a great team of industry experts to deliver high quality conferences and research to our customers and partners,” said Lehmann. “The travel industry is an exciting vertical and we embrace the opportunity to share our experiences globally, creating a dialog and understanding across cultures and markets.”
Join Simon Lehmann as he welcomes 1,700+ attendees, 86 sponsors, 62 innovators, and 60+ speakers to The Phocuswright Conference in Los Angeles, California USA, this November 14 - 17, 2016. Register today.
About Phocuswright Inc.
Phocuswright is the travel industry research authority on how travelers, suppliers and intermediaries connect. Independent, rigorous and unbiased, Phocuswright fosters smart strategic planning, tactical decision-making and organizational effectiveness.
Phocuswright delivers qualitative and quantitative research on the evolving dynamics that influence travel, tourism and hospitality distribution. Our marketplace intelligence is the industry standard for segmentation, sizing, forecasting, trends, analysis and consumer travel planning behavior. Every day around the world, senior executives, marketers, strategists and research professionals from all segments of the industry value chain use Phocuswright research for competitive advantage.
To complement its primary research in North and Latin America, Europe and Asia, Phocuswright produces several high-profile conferences in the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific, and partners with conferences in China, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. Industry leaders and company analysts bring this intelligence to life by debating issues, sharing ideas and defining the ever-evolving reality of travel commerce.
The company is headquartered in the United States with Asia Pacific operations based in India and local analysts on five continents.
Phocuswright is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northstar Travel Group, LLC.
About Northstar Travel Group
Northstar Travel Group is the leading provider of business-to-business news, information, data, transactions and custom content solutions for the travel, meetings and hospitality industries and parent company of brands including Travel Weekly, Travel Weekly China, Travel Weekly Asia, TravelAge West, Business Travel News, Travel Procurement, Phocuswright, Meetings & Conventions, M&C China, Successful Meetings, Meeting News, Incentive, Family Getaways, Explorer, Web in Travel and Inntopia.
Northstar's databases - Travel Weekly's Hotel & Travel Index, Official Cruise Guide, and Meetings Facilities Search - provide in-depth data on hotels, meeting and convention properties, and business travel in the United States and internationally.
Northstar publishes a number of online subscription information resources and workflow solutions including Phocuswright Research, The Beat, travel42, STAR Service Online, Intelliguide Corporate and AudienceInsights.
Northstar produces more than 52 face-to-face events including The Phocuswright Conference, Phocuswright Europe, Phocuswright India, CruiseWorld, CruiseWorld China, Global Travel Marketplace, Global Travel Marketplace West, Mountain Travel Symposium, European Mountain Travel Summit, The Global Incentive Conference, The Meetings Leadership Forum, SMU International, Independent Planners Education Conference, Meetings Destination Summits, The Beat Live, Business Travel Tech Talk, Business Travel Trends & Forecasts, Business Travel Hall of Fame, Innovate, Strategic Meetings Summit, Global Travel Risk Management Summit, Entertainment Travel Summit, the Travel Weekly Leadership Forums, Innovate, the Web in Travel conferences, WITX: Women In Travel, WIT Hospitality, and WITNext.
Northstar is the controlling shareholder in Inntopia, the leading SaaS e-commerce software platform that provides innovative solutions of reservation technology and e-commerce services to destinations, ski resorts, vacation hotels, golf courses, attraction parks, and tour operators as well as lodging, activity, event, and transportation suppliers.
Northstar is the industry leader in marketing solutions, custom content communications, content licensing and database management serving the travel and meetings industries. Northstar Marketing Solutions leverages the proprietary content, databases and expertise of the team to produce unique custom content solutions to our clients.
Based in Secaucus, NJ, the company also has offices in New York, NY; Glen Ellyn, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Winston-Salem, NC; Stowe, VT; and global offices in Singapore, Beijing, and Shanghai.
Northstar Travel Group, LLC is a portfolio company of Wasserstein & Co., a leading private equity investor in the media and communications, consumer products, water and industrial sectors.