TORONTO — Independent by Flight Centre has announced three new appointments to its team.
Michael Roque has been named National Sales Director for the Independent division, bringing with him an extensive background in driving new business development. He previously held positions at United Airlines, American Airlines and Accor Hotel Group where he led the Luxury Travel Concierge Division.
“I am excited about the opportunity to cultivate strong partnerships with travel agencies and advisors. The growing potential of the Independent travel market is something that truly excites me, and I am committed to driving success for Independent by Flight Centre,” said Roque.
Christal Bauer, previously the Leader of Agency Programs within the Americas structure, is now Business Leader of Operations for Independent Brands in Canada. Her career has spanned multiple leading travel organizations including TravelBrands, Ensemble and TPI (now Trevello).
Said Bauer: “I am thrilled about my new role with Independent by Flight Centre, where I will be working closely with our support team and independent business owners to help them grow their businesses. The global focus on independent travel and the growth opportunities that lie ahead excite me greatly.”
Lastly, Heather Baker, a seasoned professional with over 24 years of experience within Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG), has been appointed National Marketing Manager for Independent Brands in Canada.
“I am thrilled to embrace my new responsibility as the national Marketing Manager for Independent Brands in Canada,” said Baker. “This role allows me to combine my creativity with strategic thinking and I am excited to contribute to the growth of the brand.”
Anita Emilio, VP & GM of Independent & Luxury Brands in Canada, said the company is “thrilled” to welcome all three to the team.
“Their diverse expertise and passion for the Independent travel sector will be invaluable as we continue to focus on delivering exceptional support and driving growth within our brand. We look forward to their contributions and the continued success of Independent by Flight Centre,” said Emilio.