New Sales Team at Ponant

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Kathy Johns

Ponant has added three new positions to the company's North American sales team. Under the leadership of Navin Sawhney, CEO, Americas and Kathy Johns, director of sales for North America, the regional directors will develop business and support retail travel agencies throughout the U.S. 

Kathy Johns, Director of Sales, North America
Kathy Johns has focused on luxury and experiential travel throughout her 18 years in the industry, building her expertise with companies such as Brownell Travel, Lindblad Expeditions and Virtuoso

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Dale Woods, Director of Business Development, Northeast Reigion
Since January 2015, Woods has represented the U.S. for Ponant. In his new role, he will oversee clientele development in the region that includes: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania. With more than 30 years of experience working with the travel agent community, he has served in various sales and marketing management positions. Woods has represented some of the industry’s best-known suppliers, including Rail Europe and Virgin Atlantic Airways. For the past 10 years, Woods has specialized in niche small-ship cruising with a strong expedition focus, driving business for companies such as Quark Expeditions and Travel Dynamics International.

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Cindy Christen, CTC, Director of Business Development, Southeast Region 
In Christen's new role she will be working with travel agents in the Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina to introduce and develop new business. Most recently, Christen served as director of sales North America for CroisiEurope River Cruises. Previously, she was sales manager for Uniworld River Cruises for nine years and also held management positions with First European Cruises, Premier Cruises and Carnival Airlines.

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Dave Hoshin, Director of Business Development, Western Region
Hoshin comes to Ponant with 25 years of experience in the travel and hospitality industry. In his new role, he will work with agencies in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Hawaii to grow the Ponant brand growing sales and developing strong partnerships in the trade. Dave started his career in luxury hotels in Jamaica, then later promoted the destination across the U.S. Over the past 10 years Dave’s career developed with sales and leadership roles with Travel Impressions before joining Ponant.

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Rita A. Chenique, Director of Business Development, Group & Charter Sales
Since August 2011, Chenique has represented Ponant in the U.S. as director, group & charter sales. In this role she creates productive and sustainable relationships with clients, brokers and travel agencies to maximize revenue for FIT, groups and charters sales. With more than 25 years of experience working in the charter market, she has served in various sales and management positions and has represented some of the industry’s best-known suppliers, including Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Seabourn Cruise Line. In addition, Chenique is undertaking an exciting and dynamic role in the strategic development, refinement, and implementation of sales distribution in Latin America.

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