Industry Veteran Gideon Dean Appointed
Questex appoints executive vice president to Travel Media Group
NEWTON, MA (August 21, 2008) - Questex Media Group, Inc., a global, diversified business-to-business media company, announced today it has named Gideon Dean, a 25-year travel and hospitality industry veteran, its executive vice president, Travel Media Group, which includes Travel Agent, Luxury Travel Advisor, Home-based Travel Agent magazines, Travel Agent University, TravelAgentCentral.com, the Premier Hotels & Resorts directory, Five Star Alliance and additional related digital media products. Dean joins Questex September 2 and will be based in Alexandria, Virginia.
"We are very pleased to have an executive with Gideon's background and industry experience joining Questex to lead our travel industry team. We have successfully completed significant product development, launch and acquisition initiatives during the last year enabling us to further strengthen our position as the most comprehensive integrated B2B media, information and transaction platform serving the travel industry," said Kerry Gumas, Questex president and CEO. "The addition of Gideon to our senior management team demonstrates our continued commitment to serving the travel industry - professionals, suppliers and consumers alike - in new and innovative ways. Gideon brings a customer-focused vision, extensive hospitality and travel market knowledge and an impressive background in electronic distribution and internet marketing to the role, as well as a clear understanding of our clients' and customers' objectives and the know-how to best align our resources to serve them."
Dean joins Questex from TIG Global, LLC, a provider of interactive marketing services for the hospitality and travel industry, where he was senior vice president of Global Hospitality Sales & Marketing. Before joining TIG Global, Dean operated in key sales and executive management roles over a ten-year career with Pegasus Solutions, one of the largest third-party marketing and reservation providers in the world. At Pegasus Solutions, he ran international operations from the London office before moving to the US to lead the worldwide sales, account management and service delivery functions for all Pegasus' products and services. Dean also has a background in hotel operations, including five years with Southern Sun Hotel Corporation in South Africa. He has also held management positions with Utell International and Reed Travel Group for six years.
In addition to the appointment of Dean, Questex also announced the promotion of John McMahon to the position of vice president - Sales & Marketing/Group Publisher and Ruthanne Terrero to the position of vice president - Content/Editorial Director, of the Questex Travel Media Group. McMahon and Terrero will report to Dean.
John McMahon was most recently group publisher of Luxury Travel Advisor, Premier Hotels & Resorts and Hotel & Motel Management magazines and led the launch of Luxury Hotelier magazine and the HotelWorld Expo. In his new role, McMahon will have management oversight and responsibility for the group's sales strategy and operations, as well as business development and major account initiatives.
Ruthanne Terrero was most recently editorial director of the Questex Travel Group. In her new role, Terrero will continue to provide editorial oversight to the existing properties in the group, while leading the development and implementation of dynamic strategies to acquire, develop, manage and distribute content across all of Questex's multiple media channels and editorial platforms serving the global travel industry.