The Travel Lifestyle Network (TLN), one of the leading global alliances of travel and lifestyle communications specialists, has appointed a new Executive Chairman and Board team to help it expand and deliver further growth.
TLN comprises 17 independent PR agencies, all leaders in their respective countries, strategically-driven and results-focused. It operates in 23 markets, services over 500 clients and employs over 350 people.
TLN network services worldwide include global and local campaigns covering pure PR and communications, digital and social media campaigns and advice, trade marketing and advertising, trade representation as well as crisis communications.
Clients represented in the TLN network include Tourism New Zealand, Mandarin Oriental, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Thai Airways, Aer Lingus, Visit Finland, Costa Navarino, South Africa Tourism, Choose Chicago, City of Vienna, Tourism Ireland, Grenada Tourism Authority, Maldives and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH).
At its AGM in Singapore, TLN members agreed to appoint a new Executive Chairman, Virginie Le Norgant, Director of Group Expression of France, to follow-on from founder Hanna Kleber, Chairman and owner of the Germany-based PR Agency KPRN Network. In recognition of her leadership in founding and building the network, Kleber now becomes Honorary Chairman and will remain on the board.
David Zapata, CEO and founder of Zapwater Communications, Inc., has been reappointed to the board and will continue to be the representative member for The Americas.
Two further members of TLN complete the new-look Board team; with Paul Charles, CEO of The PC Agency in the UK, representing Europe on the board; Paul Hicks, co-founder of Grebstad Hicks Communications (GHCAsia) based in Hong Kong will represent Asia members.
Commenting on her appointment, Virginie Le Norgant said: “Since TLN was founded 10 years ago, we have welcomed new agency members worldwide, from Europe to the USA, from Australia to China and from South Africa to Dubai. It is an honor to be invited to succeed Hanna Kleber, and to lead the network for the next year, developing new opportunities for our clients in all TLN markets. My objective is to develop the notoriety of the TLN brand and to make it a key international marketing communication partner for the Travel and Tourism Industry. “
Hanna Kleber added: “I’m humbled to have been asked to become Honorary Chairman and look forward to working with the new Board team as we develop TLN further within the industry. We have built TLN into a strong force over the last decade, with fantastic members, and are hungry to expand further while continuing to deliver some of the most creative PR and marketing campaigns in the world for our 500+ clients.”