AAT Kings sales chief David Gendle has been appointed as the new Global Sales General Manager for Topdeck Travel and Back-Roads Touring Co.
Gendle, who had been with The Travel Corporation brand for more than 16 years, said he was “incredibly happy” to be joining the Topdeck and Back-Roads team, adding he was “delighted to be putting all of my previous industry experience in coach touring to use in my new role”.
The newly created dual-brand role will see him operate as GM for the Asia-Pacific businesses, as well as oversee the global sales of both brands, according to a spokesperson for the majority Flight Centre-owned companies.
Gendle’s appointment follows confirmation of the departure of Back-Roads Country Manager Dennis Basham (TD 06 Sep), while it’s also understood Back-Roads global Head of Marketing Lilly McVea will also leave this month.
Topdeck APAC Head of Sales, Daniel Thorne, will continue his role, but the firm confirmed the Jun departure of Topdeck APAC Regional Manager Ben Ittensohn.