Breaking News: Volker Lorenz to leave Amadeus Ireland
19th June 2017 - 5:15pm
In a shock announcement Volker Lorenz (GM Amadeus Ireland) is to leave Amadeus, after more than twelve years at its head. “As you can imagine, this hasn’t been an easy decision to make, but I know you’ll be well looked after by the highly experienced local team as well as thanks to additional support from Champa Magesh (MD Amadeus UK and Ireland). I have thoroughly enjoyed working with so many of you during a time that has witnessed the growth in development and usage of Amadeus travel technology to become a critical success factor whether you’re operating in the retail, online or business travel arenas. I am especially proud of the local Irish team and how we have developed long-standing relationships – friendships in many cases – with so customers and trade partners due to our commitment to the local market as well as our award-winning service and solutions. However, I feel the time is now right for me to open a new chapter in my life and career and I will be leaving the business at the end of June,” said Volker.
“I would like to add a personal ‘thank you’ to Volker for his contribution in helping Amadeus become the leading travel technology company in Ireland that it is today. I am confident I speak for the whole of Amadeus Ireland and for our colleagues in the UK when I say that we wish Volker every success in whatever he chooses to do next in his career. No doubt one of Volker’s legacies to the Irish market is his tireless development of a professional, friendly local team who understand the market better than anyone. Trish O’Leary, a name I’m sure you know very well, will be stepping in to take over some of Volker’s key commercial and line management responsibilities. Additionally, I am personally going to become more involved in the Irish market to support the continued success of our customers. So I want to assure all our customers and business partners In Ireland that it will be very much ‘business as usual’. We are not looking to replace the role of GM for Amadeus Ireland at this time,” Said Champa Magesh (MD Amadeus UK and Ireland).”
Not only has Volker played a leadership role, building a strong Irish team, bringing Amadeus to the level it is today in the Irish market, but he has been pivotal in supporting the trade in many of its trade functions. He always ensured that the Amadeus name was at the top, and in doing so became close personal friends with many in the trade.
“On a personal note I want to wish Volker all the very best in the future. His professional and good humour will be badly missed. He has done a fantastic job in leading Amadeus in Ireland, and can be justifiably proud of the work he has done. The whole Travelbiz team wish him well,” said Gerry Benson (Publisher & Editor Travelbiz).
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