Ian Wheeler is joining the board of Infare,


Travel technology executive Ian Wheeler is joining the board of Infare,a  provider of airfare intelligence to the aviation and travel industries, as non-executive chairman.

Having spent his career at the crossroads of travel and technology in a variety of executive and non-executive roles, Wheeler is well placed to help Infare meet its ambitious growth objectives. He currently serves as president of Travelfusion, non-executive director of Tungsten Corporation and special partner in the travel and technology sector for private equity firm Vitruvian Partners, whose investments in travel have included Skyscanner, JacTravel and OAG.

Previously, Wheeler worked for 13 years at global travel technology provider Amadeus, where he held the positions of vice president of distribution (GDS), vice president of global marketing and managing director of e-travel. His earlier career was spent at Thomas Cook, Hertz and OAG.  He has also been involved as a non-executive director at JacTravel, Vayant Travel Technologies, Cabforce, Traveltainment and Vacation.com.

Nils Gelbjerg-Hansen, CEO of Infare, says: “Ian has an impressive track record, giving him an expert understanding of what it takes to grow travel technology businesses successfully. His advice and connections will be invaluable in guiding Infare through its next phase of growth.”

Wheeler says: “I am delighted to join as chairman of Infare to support the team in their plans to expand the scope and use of our business analytics and data services. It is a dynamic business with a talented team combining both airline sector and data science skills.”

Wheeler is the second recent senior addition to the Infare team, demonstrating the company’s commitment to the provision of data and analytics in the airfare intelligence market for all constituents of the travel industry.

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.