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20 Apr 2017

BY Jennifer Morris

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Dnata appoints GTA's John Taker

Dnata has appointed John Taker as purchasing director across its global travel portfolio.

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Dnata appoints GTA's John Taker

Taker joins from Kuoni/GTA where he was vice president sourcing, and prior to this he was purchasing director at Virgin Holidays for more than 10 years.

The central purchasing division which Taker will join, oversees more than 40 focus markets for dnata’s portfolio of travel brands, which currently includes: Arabian Adventures, dnata Travel, Emirates Holidays, Gold Medal, Netflights, Pure Luxury, Simply Luxury, Travelbag, Travel Republic and Travel 2.

Taker will be responsible for dnata travel’s global buying strategy, excluding Europe.

Sebastien Doussin, vice president ground services for dnata’s global travel portfolio, said: “We are extremely pleased to welcome John to the dnata family.

"His experience in long-haul destinations will be a great asset to our team and we are very much looking forward to the value he will no doubt add to our business."

Taker added: "I am excited to take on this new challenge in what is an extremely interesting and multi-faceted market, and am looking forward to getting under the skin of each of the brands the central purchasing function services."

Originally from the UK, Taker has spent time working in markets around the world, and will now be based in Dubai.

He has also served as a board member of several industry bodies including the Brand USA Tour Operator Advisory Board; and held the chairman position for the UK Caribbean Tourism Organisation.

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