TRAVELSAVERS has announced the appointment of Jane Clementino as senior vice-president and general manager Canada effective Sept. 6.
Clementino will oversee business development, sales, and the day-to-day operations of the TRAVELSAVERS’ Canadian team in addition to managing the strategic partnership duties from Cathie Lewis Hardy, who is retiring after 20 years with the company.
The Canadian TRAVELSAVERS team consisting of Business Analysts, Regional Business Development Directors and Director of Strategic Partnerships will report directly to Clementino.
“TRAVELSAVERS and American Marketing Group Inc. have been committed to the Canadian market for over 20 years. We strongly believe Canadian agencies have more growth opportunities and are looking for additional custom and innovative business solutions to support sales. This is why we are further investing in the Canadian team,” said Kathryn Mazza-Burney, chief sales officer.
Clementino is an accomplished sales and marketing expert spanning aviation, corporate and retail travel with extensive knowledge of the travel marketplace, distribution channels and supplier relations.
With more than 30 years in the industry, Clementino was most recently managing director Canada for Discover the World, a marketing company representing 20 global partners where she increased sales and grew their partner base by 60 per cent in the last year.
Previously, she held senior roles at WestJet and WestJet Vacations growing sales over 35 per cent and managing a sales portfolio of $1.6B.
Clementino also held a number of executive positions in travel including VP of Sales and Account Management at Navigant/CWT Canada where she managed 800 corporate clients and implemented a global travel management operating framework.
“I have known the Mazza family and the team for years and have watched the company advance. I’m confident that my extensive experience, strategic relationships, leadership values and work ethics will help continue to build TRAVELSAVERS’ footprint in Canada,” said Clementino. “I’m also looking forward to reconnecting with so many fantastic agency affiliates and preferred suppliers.”
“We are thrilled to have Jane on board to spearhead the Canadian operations, including agency sales, preferred partner relationships and marketing,” said Nicole Mazza, Chief Marketing Officer. “With that said, I’d also like to acknowledge the many contributions from Cathie Lewis Hardy as she was instrumental in the launch of TRAVELSAVERS in Canada. We are all grateful for her loyalty and dedication over the years and wish her well in her retirement.”
Reporting into the executive team at TRAVELSAVERS, Clementino will work from the Ontario office in Toronto.