HLO, AFTA lose experienced executive

Long-standing Helloworld Travel Group General Manager of Air Tickets, Independent and Corporate Networks, David Padman, has announced he is stepping away from the company after 15 years.

MAKING the news official this week, Padman informed travelBulletin that he actually made the call earlier in the year and was now wrapping up his tenure after finalising several key projects.

But Padman’s departure from Helloworld is unlikely to spell the end of his association with the Aussie travel sector, with the highly experienced executive stating that he would be seeking to re-enter the fray at a later date wherever he saw an opportunity to add value.

His departure from Helloworld also means Padman will step down from the board  of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA), with the travel agency group to soon nominate a replacement.

AFTA Chairman Tom Manwaring hailed Padman’s contribution, saying “David played a key role in championing the inherent value and increasing importance of travel professionals in the eyes of so many stakeholders”.

Reflecting on his time on the AFTA board, Padman said he was incredibly proud to have been involved with organisation, and particularly through its pandemic role of raising industry issues with all levels of government, industry and consumers.

Padman started with HLO’s predecessor Travelscene American Express as GM in 2006, and became Helloworld Head of Corporate, Associate and Affiliate Networks in 2013.

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