Former Sabre Travel executive’s hiring expands CellPoint Mobile’s footprint in the Middle East to serve a booming airline market
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, May 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — CellPoint Mobile (www.cellpointmobile.com), a global payments and mobile commerce solutions provider to the airline and transportation industries, has hired veteran travel and payments expert Noel Connolly to serve as the company’s Vice President of Sales in the MEA region.
Connolly will oversee strategic sales and account management in the Middle East and Africa from a newly opened Dubai office at Swiss Tower, 34th Floor, Jumeirah Lakes Tower as part of the company’s rapid growth and commitment to clients across the Middle East.
Connolly comes to CellPoint Mobile from a five-year Sabre career as Airline Sales Director for Sabre Travel Networks and partner in Sabre’s Airline Solutions division, as well as four years as sales and IT account manager at Dubai-based Dnata-Mercator. Previously, he held product, sales and strategy roles at Xerox and Computershare. Emirates, based in Dubai, is one of CellPoint Mobile’s major airline clients.
CellPoint Mobile continues global expansion
“We are excited to have someone of Noel’s caliber and experience join our company and support our Middle East and African operations,” said CEO Kristian Gjerding. “Noel’s expertise with airline distribution, enterprise-level solutions and the MEA market is a valuable asset for both our company and our clients as they adopt and deploy mobile commerce and payment solutions.”
The opening of the Middle East office is part of CellPoint Mobile’s global expansion.
“We want to be close to our customers so we can support them locally,” Gjerding noted. “Noel is the first of several new team members in this region, and we will add solution specialists and delivery capabilities to ensure that our clients experience CellPoint Mobile’s trademark high level of service and fast time to market for solutions.”
CellPoint Mobile develops and supports robust payment and omnichannel digital commerce solutions that help airlines, transportation firms and global companies manage the complex payments ecosystem. It promotes a “mobile-first” mindset for airlines as the marketplace and passengers’ behaviors shift toward mobile payments, transactions and communications.
According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Africa and the Middle East led all global regions in February 2016 for airline revenue per passenger (11.6% Africa, 11% Middle East) and passenger demand (12.7% Africa, 11.3% Middle East).
To interview Gjerding or find out more about CellPoint Mobile’s Dubai operations, please contact Vanessa Horwell at +44.203.807.3735 or [email protected].
About CellPoint Mobile: Making Travel Payments Easier
CellPoint Mobile helps airlines around the world navigate and own the complex payments ecosystem from beginning to end, regardless of their passengers’ preferred currency, payment method, device or channel. With offices in London, Miami, Copenhagen, Pune and Dubai, CellPoint Mobile serves global and regional airlines. The company’s recently published white paper, “The Mobile Payments Imperative for Global Airlines: Outlook 2016” can be downloaded here.
Vanessa Horwell, ThinkInk