September 26, 2017 – London-based executive search firm Dunleavy White has expanded with the addition of a new office in Barcelona. “The success of the travel and aviation companies based in the region over the past six months has meant that we have seen a significant increase in demand for senior-level talent,” said the firm’s digital partner Sarah Hanan. “Therefore, we see Barcelona as the perfect location to continue our international growth.”
Barcelona is internationally renowned as a tourist destination, with numerous recreational areas; one of the top-rated beaches in the world; a mild climate; historical monuments, including eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites; 519 hotels as of March 2016, including 35 five star hotels; and a well-developed tourism infrastructure.
“I am delighted with the speed of our growth this year,” said senior partner Rick White. “Our unique service has been exceptionally well received in these new and closely related sectors, and we look forward to further expansion in 2018.”
Dunleavy White is an international executive search firm operating in the aviation, travel, transportation and retail sectors. The firm manages senior-level assignments across all functions in business in the U.K. and internationally. Its clients include IATA, FlyDuabi, Flybe, United Air Services (Dubai), SITA, Arik Air, International Air Charter (Dubai), Monarch Airlines, TUI PLC, Hostelling International, Sabre Inc., Virgin Holidays, Reed & Mackay, Eurosta. Air Baltic, Cosmos Holidays, Neilson Holidays and City Cruises, among others.
Mr. White, who has over 18 years of experience in executive search, said he founded Dunleavy White in 2010 to offer a more insightful and value-added approach to the executive search process. He has completed mandates across all C-suite and sub board executive functions, from CEO to director of operations.
Recently, Dunleavy White added Sarah Hanan and Danita Waterfall-Brizzi as partners. Ms. Hanan spearheads growth within the firm’s travel and aviation sectors. She has over 20 years of experience within the travel industry. She started her career as an international travel consultant with STA Travel before moving into recruitment. Ms. Waterfall-Brizzi will develop the global growth of the firm with a focus on central Europe. She has over 25 years in the aviation industry for blue chip American carriers in airport operations, customer service, sales, marketing, security, training and logistics.
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Travel / Hospitality Rebounds
After taking a massive hit during the Great Recession, employment and hiring within the hotel and hospitality industry has begun to rebound. In the last year, according to one set of survey metrics, the industry added 527,000 jobs (2.6 million since 2004). That number is expected to increase by the end of this year, as global tourism and traveling in general are expected to rise.
The travel and hospitality market is estimated to generate an annual economic impact of $6.5 trillion worldwide this year. In the U.S. alone, the $1.5 trillion industry accounts for nearly eight million jobs, more than five percent of total jobs across the country.
“My hope is that Donald Trump is good for the economy and a voice for the hotel industry on Capitol Hill,” said Keith Kefgen, partner at hospitality advisory and executive search firm AETHOS Consulting Group. “Travel is a key indicator of economic health and I believe Mr. Trump’s low tax, small government approach is good for business.”
Immigration, though, will be a compelling issue for the industry, including food supply chain, said Mr. Kefgen, as the sector employs a great deal of first generation immigrants and undocumented workers. “Trade issues with China and Latin America will also have an impact on our industry from an investment perspective,” he said. “But travel could be adversely affected if relations get strained. I think our industry will be more of a bellwether for the president’s policy successes or failures than any other.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media