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AOT Appoints New GM of Wholesale Division

6th of December, 2013

The AOT Group today announced that Lisa Harrison will join the company in the role of General Manager – Wholesale.

With a 20 year career in Retail Travel, Lisa was most recently the General Manager of where2travel (formerly trading as Harvey World Travel), an Independent travel agent and a member of the Magellan Travel Group. Her career history includes seven years in corporate and leisure Travel Consultant roles as well as twelve years of service with Harvey World Travel in company owned Office Manager roles and then moving to the role of GM at where2travel where she has been for the last seven years.

“We are delighted to have Lisa join the AOT Group, she brings with her a wealth of retail travel and business management experience, as well as a passion for the Australian Travel Industry and drive for business success”, said AOT CEO Andrew Burnes.

Departing the role is Leanne Chard who has worked with Sunlover Holidays for an impressive 32 years, and has been in the role of GM of Wholesale for AOT for the past 3 years.

“After 32 years, I decided it was time for a break and will be happy to put my feet up for a while, indulge in some travel and “me” time. I have had an amazing career with Sunlover Holidays and have enjoyed the many opportunities given to me since joining The AOT Group in 2005. I will be taking with me wonderful memories and lifetime friendships. It truly is a fabulous industry and I wish Andrew and Cinzia continued success with the incredible business they have built.” said Ms Chard.

“Leanne’s dedication and long term commitment to her role and indeed her contribution to the Travel Industry in Australia is to be commended. She has been an incredible asset for AOT since we took over operations of Sunlover Holidays in 2005, and I wish her all the very best for the future”, said Mr Burnes.

Leanne will finish at AOT on Wednesday 18 December, and Lisa will commence on 14 January, based in the AOT’s Melbourne headquarters.

“I am thrilled about the opportunity to work for such a dynamic company with well-respected wholesale brands and I am looking forward to an exciting year ahead in 2014”, said Ms Harrison.

AOT’s wholesale division comprises the “Sunlover Holidays” brand, which sells Australian travel products nationally, “Air New Zealand Holidays” which sells global content in New Zealand, Australia and around the world and “Territory Discoveries”, which AOT will take over in February, 2014.