The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mario Hardy as its next chief executive officer, effective November 1, 2014.
Mr Hardy is currently the chief operations officer of PATA, a position he has held since January 15th of this year.
He was approved to succeed Martin Craigs as the CEO by the PATA Executive Board at the last Executive Board Meeting held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in September 2014.
Through the end of November, Mr Craigs will fulfil obligations made as CEO at various speaking engagements that have been confirmed, including the Brisbane Global Cafe – Tourism’s New Frontiers on November 13, 2014, ahead of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane, Australia.
PATA chairman Scott Supernaw said that the executive board is delighted that Mr Hardy has accepted this CEO appointment.
“In the short time he has been COO he has proven himself to be an effective and motivating leader. His management skills and creativity are what PATA needs to move the Association forward,” Mr Supersnaw said.
Commenting on his new appointment, Mr Hardy said he is humbled and honoured that the PATA executive board has entrusted me to take the Association to its next stage of transformation.
“I have been an active member of PATA since 2009 and I believe that by bringing further engagement with youth the Association will have a long lasting future,” Mr Hardy said.