Dr Rifai, Scowsill join FINN Partners panel

Publish February 18, 2021
finance & economytourism

FINN Partners has announced a new strata to their senior leadership team with the creation of the FINN Partners Travel Practice Advisory Board.

The founding members of the Advisory Board are travel industry titans Dr Taleb Rifai and David Scowsill, who between them have over 60 years of senior leadership experience in the travel industry on the global stage.

The creation of the Travel Practice Advisory board was spearheaded by FINN’s Global Travel Practice Leader, Debbie Flynn, with the aim of bringing together senior expertise from FINN’s global health, tech, public affairs and sustainability practices to further support current and future destination and travel clients on the road to recovery from the impact of the global pandemic.

Dr Rifai was Secretary general of the World Tourism Organisation, leading the UNWTO from 2009 for two consecutive terms ending in 2018. He has an extensive background in international and national public service, the public sector and academia and held several ministerial portfolios in Jordan (2000-2004). Taleb’s experience working alongside international governments affords him a high level of influence at a critical time for the recovery of the travel industry globally.

David Scowsill spent seven years of his impressive career as President and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and has developed an unparalleled network in both private and public sectors. Prior to his time leading WTTC, Scowsill’s executive career included leadership positions with: Opodo, the pan European online travel agency; British Airways; American Airlines and Hilton. His global commercial and operational executive experience has given him business and cultural understanding of all parts or the world.

Peter Finn, Founding Partner, FINN Partners, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Taleb and David as the founding members of the new FINN Partners Travel Practice Advisory Board. Their knowledge, experience and connections in the travel and travel technology arenas will help us to grow this important practice and their insights will provide valuable counsel for current clients as we navigate our way through one of the most challenging periods in our history.”

Founded in 2011, FINN Partners has more than quadrupled in size in eight years, becoming one of the fastest growing independent public relations agencies in the world. The full-service marketing and communications company's record setting pace is a result of organic growth and integrating new companies and new people into the FINN world through a common philosophy. With almost 800 professionals, FINN provides clients with global access and capabilities in the US, Europe and Asia.


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