Appoints Robert Kokonis
to Lead Canadian Operations
WORLDSPAN LOGO Worldspan logo. (PRNewsFoto)[PM] ATLANTA, GA USA 04/24/2000
...TORONTO, March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Worldspan today announced the appointment of Robert J. Kokonis to the position of general manager - Canada.In his new post, Kokonis is responsible for directing initiatives designed to increase Worldspan's share of the Canadian travel agency market, as well as building closer relationships with new and existing travel supplier partners and e-commerce customers in Canada.Kokonis is based in Toronto and reports to Pat Hochstein, vice president - North America Sales.
is thoroughly familiar with the opportunities and challenges facing the travel management, aviation and global distribution system industries, including the ongoing changes to distribution channels, revenue streams, corporate travel procurement and customer-supplier relations," commented Hochstein in announcing Kokonis' appointment.
...Kokonis joins Worldspan from CharterHub Inc., a Toronto-based Internet development firm.As president and CEO, Kokonis led CharterHub's launch of a business-to-business e-commerce solution for the executive air charter industry.
The company's Internet-based booking engine enabled real-time availability, pricing and reservations for a range of customers, including aircraft brokers and operators, fractional ownership firms, corporate travel management companies, Internet portals, and global distribution systems. Prior to CharterHub, Kokonis served as director - Industry Relations for the Canadian headquarters of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, where he was responsible for negotiating and administering supplier contracts with airlines, hotels, car rental companies, and travel insurance firms. Previously, Kokonis served with Air Canada where he initially headed finances for the carrier's Sales and Product Distribution group, gaining experience with e-commerce driven changes to distribution channel strategies.
headed finances for Air Canada
's Flight Operations and System Operations Control groups, managing some of the company's largest operating and capital investments. Earlier in his career, Kokonis managed sales and marketing functions with a number of airlines, including Finnair and Royal Jordanian.Kokonis
has also operated his
own consulting business, AirTrav Inc.
, to provide management and industry-specific solutions to the aviation and corporate travel management sectors.His
global business experience has taken him across North America, Europe and the Middle East, conducting business with local Canadian consulates and a wide range of international associates. Worldspan
provides global electronic distribution of travel information, Internet products and connectivity, and electronic commerce capabilities for travel agencies, travel service providers and corporations worldwide.The company's three lines of business are travel supplier services, e-commerce, and global distribution systems for the worldwide travel industry.The Worldspan
reservations system provides nearly 21,000 travel agencies and other users worldwide with travel data and booking capabilities for hundreds of the world's leading travel supplier services.Worldspan
is the market leader in e-commerce for the travel industry, processing more than 50 percent of all online travel agency bookings.The company maintains world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.Worldspan
is owned by affiliates of Delta Air Lines, Inc.
(NYSE: DAL), Northwest Airlines
(Nasdaq: NWAC) and American Airlines