Zubin Karkaria, Chief Executive Office Kuoni Group and VFS Global
Indian, born 1968
After graduating in commerce from Mumbai University and completing his Business Management studies from Mumbai, Zubin Karkaria joined Orbit Trade Fair Tours in 1989. He then moved to SOTC in 1991 and was with SOTC when it was acquired by Kuoni Group in 1996. He was appointed as the COO of the Kuoni India Tour Operating Division in 1999, and moved on to become the Deputy CEO and Head Business Development in 2003. He conceptualised and launched VFS Global in 2001. In 2005 he was appointed as the CEO and Managing Director of Kuoni India and South Asia, responsible for all units of Kuoni India – Tour Operating, Destination Management, Business Travel, and Kuoni Academy, while concurrently developing the VFS Global business into a global leader in its field (as CEO of VFS Global from 2010 onwards). In March 2013, in line with the development of VFS Global as an important Division of Kuoni Group, Zubin Karkaria was appointed on the Executive Board of Kuoni Group. On 5 November 2015 Zubin Karkaria was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kuoni Group. Furthermore, Zubin Karkaria is a Global Member of the WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council).
Prisca Havranek-Kosicek, Chief Financial Officer Kuoni Group
Austrian, born 1975
Before Prisca Havranek-Kosicek was appointed Chief Financial Officer at Kuoni Group on 1 March 2016, she was Group Treasurer of Royal DSM, a Dutch company globally active in health, nutrition and materials. In 2011 she took the VP Finance & Control role at the DSM Pharma Chemicals Business Unit based in Austria. One year later she was promoted to CFO of the DSM Pharmaceutical Products Business in New Jersey (USA). Prior these appointments she was responsible for Group Controlling at Immofinanz worked as Head of Investor Relations at Austrian Airlines Group and Head of a Business Unit of the Austrian Post. After her Master Degree from the University of Economics of Vienna she joined Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in 1998. For seven years she worked for large corporate customers in various industries across Europe and Southeast Asia focusing on strategy development, corporate restructuring and M&A. During this time she also completed her Ph.D in Business Administration. She currently holds a Board position at Allianz-Elementar Versicherungs-AG, Austria.
Ivan Walter, CEO Global Travel Distribution
Swiss, born 1974
Ivan Walter joined Kuoni Destination Management in 2001 as Head of FIT Europe (Fully Independent Traveller). In 2005 he was named Head of Kuoni Connect, Kuoni Group’s B2B accommodation distributor business. He was responsible for transforming the European Unit into a global organisation. When Kuoni acquired GTA in 2011, Ivan Walter was instrumental during the post-merger integration and held the role of SVP Commercial Development and later, SVP Sourcing and Product Development. As of April 2013 Ivan Walter led GTA’s operation. In November 2014 he has been appointed Head of Global Travel Services Division on an ad-interim basis. And as of January 14 Ivan Walter is CEO of Global Travel Distribution (GTD) Division and was appointed on the Executive Board. He holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland.
Reto Wilhelm, CEO Global Travel Services (GTS)
Swiss, born 1961
Reto Wilhelm, a Swiss citizen, has worked for the Thomas Cook Group in London and Frankfurt since 2013, and has been General Manager of the travel group’s joint venture activities in China since 2015. Previously, he worked as Managing Director of Western and Eastern Europe at Thomas Cook Group, and was also in charge of the UK and Ireland on an interim basis. In 2010, Reto Wilhelm founded his own consultancy firm, and among other things built up Thomas Cook International in Switzerland as a start-up company in 2011. From 2002 to 2010, Reto Wilhelm was a Member of the Group Executive Board of the Kuoni Group in charge of Europe, Asia and the Style Division. Before that he worked from 1990 onwards in various management functions at Swissair and SAirGroup. Reto Wilhelm has a degree (lic. oec.) from the University of St. Gallen (HSG). He took charge of operational management as CEO of GTS on 1 March 2017.