John Beauvais, MD Canada
John Beauvais joined Flight Centre North America (FCNA) in 2004 as VP, Supplier Relations after working extensively in the travel industry with Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Rail Australia. In 2006 he moved to Vancouver to help expand Flight Centre’s U.S. operations and moved to New York two years later when FCNA acquired Liberty Travel and separated the Canadian and U.S. businesses.
He became President of the U.S. Corporate brands until 2015 when he was asked to take on the Managing Director role of Flight Centre Canada.
John’s passion for travel and its positive impact makes it no wonder that his professional history spans so many travel industry players. John believes that the industry through the provision of travel services to executives, honeymooners, backpackers or other travellers, has value because it fosters understanding and acceptance of other cultures, and ultimately to a more peaceful world.
Andrew Stark, MD Middle East and Africa (MEA)
Andrew Stark began his career in travel 22 years ago. Today, Andrew leads the Flight Centre Travel Group team in South Africa and the Middle East. Andrew’s vision is to make Flight Centre Travel Group's Middle East and African business, the greatest travel and technology experience company by 2030.
Moving up the ranks from retail travel consultant to business development manager, Andrew held various roles in South Africa and New Zealand, including General Manager Product & Marketing, General Manager Corporate and General Manager Retail, before being appointed Managing Director in 2015.
A passionate entrepreneur at heart, Andrew believes in his people and that a contagious culture will always supersede an inflexible plan. Andrew holds a Tourism Diploma, Business Diploma, and a Mini Marketing MBA and has been with Flight Centre Travel Group for the past 15 years.
David Coombes, MD New Zealand
Dave Coombes, or 'Coombsey', started his career with Flight Centre Travel Group almost 20 years ago as a retail travel expert in Brisbane, Australia.
Since then he has progressed to more senior positions through the company spending time in various divisions within retail, ticketing and product in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. In early 2016 Dave moved back to New Zealand, stepping into the role of Managing Director, moving from the United States where he was Senior Vice President Product.
Today, Flight Centre NZ operates 11 brands with turnover approaching NZD$1.5 billion. The company employs more than 1,200 people, is an IBM Best Workplaces Fifteen-Year League recipient for a noteworthy demonstration of sustained workplace excellence, and has been named a Randstad Most Attractive Employer for the last 2 years. As the leading travel retailer in the country they play an active role in both the leisure and corporate sectors of the industry.
Andrew Boxall, MD Europe
Andrew Boxall started his career in Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) in late 1997 as a retail travel consultant in Brisbane at Garden City Flight Centre and then was promoted to Team Leader for Carindale Flight Centre. As a successful consultant and team leader in the retail space, Andrew continued to gain experience in more senior positions across a number of business areas and then achieved the Managing Director role for the FCM businesses in the UAE.
This international experience stood Andrew in good stead to take on the leadership of FCTG’s European interests in 2018, a growing business that now includes, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. In 2019 FCTG exercised its rights to acquire 3Mundi and also added France and Switzerland to its European footprint.
This year’s acquisitions have occurred in parallel to continued and significant improvements in turnover and profit. FCTG’s European business now spans 10 countries with a 400-strong workforce who are able to conduct business and engage with clients across 22 languages.
Rakshit Desai, MD India
Rakshit Desai is the Managing Director for the Indian interests of Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG), one of the world’s largest travel retailers. FCTG’s Indian presence comprises the market-leading FCM and Corporate Traveller brands, the fast-growing Travel Tours retail network, the Travel Money India currency business, the Travel Air Representations wholesale operation and the FCM Incoming South Asian DMC.
Prior to FCTG, Rakshit spent a number of years turning around and scaling up businesses for the Thomas Cook Group in Canada, the UK and India. Previously, he was a consultant at the London offices of Roland Berger, where he advised multinational corporations on strategic and transformational issues.
Rakshit has degrees in business related disciplines from the London School of Economics, Griffith University in Australia and Sydenham College, Mumbai. He is frequently quoted on industry and economic issues, is a regular speaker at trade events and was also featured in the 2015 Edition of the Economic Times - “Spencer Stuart 'top 40 under forty' business leaders list”.
Bertrand Saillet, MD Asia
Bertrand is the Managing Director for the Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) in Asia, after being in the role of General Manager for FCM Asia since 2015.
Bertrand started his career in the telecom industry in Europe working for Orange and then moved to the aeronautical giant Airbus to lead the sales and marketing department of their IT division. He then held multiple global management roles within Amadeus, an IT leader of the travel industry before joining FCTG.
Bertrand’s professional history combines expertise in sales and marketing with extensive management and international negotiations experience across the telecom, IT, and travel sectors. This range of skills proved to be useful for Bertrand in the role as the General Manager for FCM Travel Solutions, in order for him to manage the sales and marketing, account management, and technology operations in Asia. He has been instrumental in consolidating the Asia businesses since 2017 and achieving significant profit.
Global Leader Profiles
Carole Cooper, Global Peopleworks Leader
Carole has enjoyed a 19 year career with Flight Centre Travel Group, in roles that have taken her across the globe. Carole joined Flight Centre as a retail consultant in Vancouver, Canada in 1998 and in her first year was the country’s second top novice. In 1999, she was promoted to team leader and led her shop to profit in just her third month. A year later, she moved to the Peopleworks (human resources) division as a recruiter and from there, became a highly successful area leader and then nation leader for the Canada retail business and Peopleworks.
In her five years at the helm of Canada's retail operations, Carole grew the business from 100 to 156 shops and almost doubled the number of consultants to more than 700. She was appointed Queensland EGM in 2010 to oversee the company’s retail and corporate travel operations in the state and since 2012 she has been Global Peopleworks Leader.
In this role, Carole oversees all things people - from recruitment, learning and development, leadership and human resources to initiatives including the Business Ownership Scheme, Healthwise, Flight Centre Foundation, Flight Centre Business School and Travel Academy.
Atle Skalleberg, Chief Digital Officer
Boston-based Atle was appointed global Chief Digital Officer (CDO) in 2016 following FCTG's acquisition of StudentUniverse, where Atle was CEO.
The StudentUniverse acquisition became a catalyst for digital change management and as the newly appointed CDO, Atle plays a central role in setting the strategy and improving our digital commerce capabilities - including online presence, user experiences and booking services - to help Flight Centre become the global leader in blending offline and online travel services, to cater to the demands of tech-savvy leisure travellers.
Atle continues to sit on the Board of Directors at StudentUniverse.
Greg Parker, Executive General Manager Global Air
Greg Parker joined Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) in 2003 as General Manager of Supplier Relations, before moving from Brisbane to New Zealand to head the country’s product business, Product Nation. He returned to Australia in 2008 to head the Australian wholesale businesses, Infinity and Explore, and took on a number of other product-related roles and responsibilities.
In his current role of Executive General Manager of the company’s multi-million dollar global air business and leader of the Australian product business, Greg heads a diverse range of businesses including global air distribution and procurement; supplier relations; ticket centre; Global Distribution Systems; Insurance; and Infinity Holidays; as well as product creation and design that underpin FCTG’s success in both leisure and corporate travel.
In addition to his executive roles, Greg chairs the board of AVMIN, a Brisbane-based aircraft charter business, and sits on the AFTA, Covermore Advisory and Zoe’s Angels boards.