Celestyal has announced the appointment of Lee Haslett as its global chief commercial officer effective as of February 20, 2023, according to a statement.
Haslett is taking over the role from Leslie Peden, who has been with the company for over five years, first as vice president of North America and then as the company’s chief commercial officer.
“As we pivot Celestyal to reinforce our brand proposition of destination-rich, immersive travel experiences, we continue to develop our commercial team to meet new challenges,” said Chris Theophilides, Celestyal’s CEO.
“I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to Leslie for his significant contributions to position Celestyal for future success. He has been an integral part of the company’s senior leadership, and we wholeheartedly wish him all the best in his new endeavors.”
“I’m delighted to announce Lee’s appointment and welcome him to Celestyal. Lee joins Celestyal at an exciting time, as we intensify our efforts and invest in substantially broadening Celestyal’s presence in key markets. Fresh on the heels of Celestyal significantly growing our trade-facing commercial team, Lee will oversee a global team of over 60 travel professionals covering the whole spectrum of Celestyal’s commercial activities including sales, strategic business development, marketing, commercial PR functions, contact centers as well as revenue management.
“We look forward to making additional exciting announcements in the near future, as we continue our journey of strengthening Celestyal’s position as the leading provider of the award-winning, multi-destination vacation experiences in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean that the company has fast become known for,” added Theophilides.
Haslett is an experienced travel executive with experience of working with a range of tour operations and airlines. He joins Celestyal from Virgin Atlantic where he has most recently served as vice president of global sales.
Haslett will report to Chris Theophilides and will be based in the UK but will also share his time amongst the US, the main European markets and Greece.