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21 Jun 2019

BY Gary Noakes


Hills Balfour boss to leave company

Hills Balfour managing director Jonathan Sloan is to leave the tourism representation and marketing company.

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Sloan to quit Hills Balfour

Sloan has been with the agency, whose clients include Dubai, NYC&Co airlines and Visit USA, for 17 years, including 10 years as managing director.


He said: “The last 17 years have represented an incredible journey with many amazing experiences along the way. To help build Hills Balfour to the market leading position it enjoys today, along with growing the best team in the business with a client list to match, has been a pleasure to be a part of.”


He will stay in his post until the end of August and remain a shareholder.


Sloan told TTG he would be subject to six months ‘gardening leave’ before starting a new job: “I will be staying in the industry for sure,” he said.


Amanda Hills, founder and president of Hills Balfour Europe and Middle East, will take on the day-to-day responsibility of the business.


In a reshuffle, Sam Hancock is promoted to associate director, overseeing clients including Brand USA and incorporating the Hills Balfour Events division into his role. Rosina Bradshaw is also promoted to associate director, with her role including all responsibility for digital and special projects.


Associate director Jo Hartley has a new role as associate director and head of PR for Hills Balfour Europe and Dubai, as the company prepares to grow its PR business from and in the Middle East.


Rhys Powell takes on a new role as head of sales for MMGY/Hills Balfour, marketing the brand internationally. Simon Gidman joins on 8 July in a new position as MMGY Global director of business development, Europe and Middle East. He was formerly business events manager for UK and Europe at Tourism Australia.

Hills said: “These changes come during an incredible period of growth, development and change for Hills Balfour. I would like to acknowledge all of the incredible work, dedication, passion and commitment Jonathan has contributed to the business over the years.


“We look forward to him still being a valued shareholder of our parent company MMGY Global.”

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