Aer Lingus has announced that Jenny Rafter has been appointed Head of Business Development for Leisure. Jenny has a wealth of experience within the travel industry having previously held sales roles with key travel players such as CityJet, Stobart Air and most recently as National Sales Manager – Republic of Ireland with Royal Caribbean International.
This marks the second prominent appointment within Aer Lingus Sales because earlier this year Yvonne Muldoon joined as Director of Sales.
Yvonne said: “Jenny joins our team at a very exciting time for Aer Lingus as we continue to grow our network, increase our traffic to and from Europe as well as North America. In May we launched one of three new transatlantic routes for 2016, Los Angeles, and driving the message of Dublin as a leading gateway to North America continues to be a key focus. Jenny will lead the leisure team across multiple European sales regions and her extensive experience and understanding of the market will bring huge value to our team and the wider business.”
Jenny added: “I am delighted to join Aer Lingus and become part of such a dynamic and innovative global sales team. I have incredible passion for the world of travel and I look forward to bringing this into my new role at Aer Lingus.”
Ben Bouldin, Sales Director UK & Ireland, Royal Caribbean International, said: “Jenny has been an excellent brand ambassador for Royal Caribbean in Ireland and we are flattered that Aer Lingus has chosen to appoint Jenny as their new Head of Business Development with Leisure Sales. Everyone at Royal Caribbean wishes to thank Jenny for her passion and dedication to the brand over the last 10 years and wishes her well in her new role.”
The Aer Lingus Sales Team covers four main areas – Leisure, Corporate Sales, Groups & Charters, and Retail Partnerships.
The team breakdown is as follows:
Jenny Rafter, Head of Business Development for Island of Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Global GSAs
Ivan Beacom, Business Development Manager for Ireland
Farida Chikhaoui, Business Development Manager for France
Julia Howe, Business Development Manager for Germany, Switzerland, and Austria
Alan Molloy, Head of Business Development for Corporate Sales, responsible for Island of Ireland, the UK, and Benelux
Andrea Hunter, Business Development Manager for Island of Ireland
Keith Tenn, Sales Manager for the UK
Graham Forrest, Business Development Executive for the UK
Giovanni Ciocari, Business Development Executive for the UK
Groups & Charters, Sales Support
John Keogh, Head of Business Development for Groups & Charters
Dermot Lee, Sales Support Manager for Retail Partnerships
Brian Cassidy, Senior Business Analyst
Sharon Fleming, Head of Retail Partnerships
Sarah Evers, Retail Partners