Chris Schutte appointed Director of Sales North America, ForwardKeys

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ForwardKeys has appointed Chris Schutte Director of Sales, North America.

Schutte has spent many years in the travel industry, including several different roles at Phocuswright, where he focused primarily on servicing the firm’s travel research and consulting clients. He will be spearheading ForwardKeys’ sales efforts in the U.S.

About his new role at ForwardKeys, Schutte said: “Having worked for many years in the travel industry before following an entrepreneurial bug, I’m excited to be back in the exciting world of travel! ForwardKeys is uniquely positioned to help businesses that rely on travelling consumers. In today’s increasingly unpredictable world, the ability accurately to gauge the movement of millions of international travellers, and predict future trends, is potentially extremely valuable information.”

Olivier Jager, CEO, ForwardKeys, said: “I am delighted we have been able to attract Chris to ForwardKeys. I have known him for many years and have always admired his drive and initiative. He is extremely well networked in the US market, so we are expecting great things of him.”

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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.