Virtuoso announces hire of McCabe-Young and Londregan

US: New York-based company Virtuoso has hired Helen McCabe-Young and Michael Londregan as a part of its global expansion strategy.

Worldwide travel network Virtuoso has appointed two senior executives to its leadership team. Helen McCabe-Young has been named senior vice president, marketing. Michael Londregan, who formerly served as the organisation’s managing director of Asia-Pacific, has been appointed to senior vice president, global operations.

McCabe-Young initially joined the organisation in July 2020 as the acting senior vice president of marketing. She previously held senior executive positions with Kerzner International, including One&Only Resorts and Atlantis The Palm, Dubai. She brings more than 12 years’ experience in the cruise sector, having served as vice president of marketing for Silversea Cruises, and having helped to build the Princess Cruises brand whilst with ad agency, Campbell-Ewald. In her role as SVP of marketing, McCabe-Young’s emphasis will be on building the Virtuoso brand and its products both online and offline, including the magazines VIRTUOSO LIFE and Best of The Best, as well as direct marketing, social media and public relations.

For the past seven years, Londregan has been responsible for establishing Virtuoso within Australia and New Zealand, while also expanding the network into China. He will now focus on growing the brand in markets where Virtuoso already has travel agency members, including Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Londregan brings more than 25 years’ experience in executive management positions at companies such as Tourism Australia, JTG Qantas Holidays, Air Pacific and Shangri-La Resorts.

Of the appointments, Virtuoso chairman and CEO Matthew D. Upchurch said: “Helen and Michael bring experience that complements our existing leadership team, and their collective talents will help lay the groundwork today for travel’s recovery tomorrow. We will continue to launch new products and leverage existing products in new ways, with a clear focus on driving consumer engagement that flows to Virtuoso advisors and travel partners. Being a global company with agencies and advisors in over 50 countries has provided the diversity to support domestic and regional travel when international travel was not possible. As we continue to build our Virtuoso team and network globally, we will not only navigate our way through recovery, but will look to lead the way forward in travel. And, I’m very pleased to have Helen and Michael part of the Virtuoso leadership team that will take us to a new level.”

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