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Simone Buckley was today (September 28) named as the new ceo of the UK and Ireland Institute of Travel and Meetings (ITM).
She takes over from Paul Tilstone who held the post for six years and is now leaving to take up the role of managing director of GBTA Europe.
Buckley, currently director of her own consultancy Bouda, will take up her new role on November 1.
She has worked in the travel industry for 18 years, including as sales director at Carlson Wagonlit Travel and later as managing director of Capita Business Travel, a leading independent TMC.
She started Bouda with a Capita colleague Clare Murphy in 2009. She will now relinquish her post of director of travel programme optimisation at the consultancy.
ITM represents more than 1,000 professional buyers and suppliers with a travel and meetings spend in excess of £34bn per annum, with more than 50% working with FTSE 100 companies.
It is among the biggest associations of its kind in Europe.
After her appointment, Buckley said: “I have always been an advocate for ITM and have respected their work and industry position.
“To take the helm and manage the transition to the new chair, Nicola Lomas, in 2012 will be a real honour.
“As this exciting industry continues to change and develop I am looking forward to being a part of the on-going evolution that will ensure a future ITM that continues to benefit buyers and suppliers alike.”
Jamie Hindhaugh, chairman of ITM, said Buckley had been chosen by a specially selected ITM panel.
He added: “The recruitment process attracted a talented shortlist of outstanding individuals which gave us a perspective on how well ITM is perceived in the industry.
“Simone reflects all of the attributes we hold dearly at ITM. She is driven, professional, inclusive and knowledgeable and at the same time someone with character and charisma. ITM has a bright future.”