Celestyal expands its sales team in North America

Celestyal Cruises announced the appointment of Jon Grutzner as Vice President, Business Development – North America and Michelle Suker as Head of Business Development – Southeast, United States. Grutzner will be responsible for Celestyal’s North American business development, reporting to Leslie Peden, Chief Commercial Officer.

Suker will be responsible for driving business by developing key distribution channels in the Southeast region. She will report to Grutzner.

Based in Wisconsin, Grutzner will be instrumental in executing Celestyal’s North American strategic plan.

According to a press release, he will work alongside Peden and the entire Celestyal management team to develop and introduce new distribution channels to further position Celestyal as “the best way to experience the Greek islands.” Grutzner will also be responsible for developing, leading and mentoring the company’s business development team in the United States and Canada.

A sales professional with more than 20 years of senior-level experience in travel and tourism, tour operators, in-destination cruises and customer relationship management, Grutzner most recently consulted for Premier World Discovery, based in Madison, Wisconsin, where he was responsible for group sales and overseeing the travel advisor distribution channel.

Prior to Premier World Discovery, he was President of New York-based Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold, where, as part of The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) global leadership team, he was responsible for the development and implementation of the brand strategy. Grutzner previously served as director of sales at Azamara, where he focused on both sightseeing and destination cruises.

“We are honored to have such experienced business development and destination travel experts as Jon and Michelle join our growing team in North America. Both have long and proven track records in cruises and tour packages, as well as strong ties to the travel advisor community,” said Leslie Peden, Chief Commercial Officer of Celestyal. “Jon and Michelle join our expanded business development team at an exciting time in the evolution of the Celestyal brand and will play a key role in expanding and deepening our footprint in North America.”

Based in Florida, Suker comes to Celestyal with over 20 years of travel sales experience. She will further develop Celestyal’s commitment and support to the travel advisor community. Suker will also work closely with the company’s major tour operators and wholesale partners to maximize new opportunities in these important distribution channels and represent the company at important industry events.

Prior to joining Celestyal, Suker worked for Viking as a Remote Sales Consultant and prior to that for Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold as Field Sales Manager, Eastern Region as well as Business Development Manager. agency for AAA Auto Club Group.

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