Our vision is to set industry standards, with high performance travel technology. We develop solutions for international travel companies and connect travel partners around the world.
Ralf Usbeck is the widely respected German travel tech entrepreneur and CEO of Peakwork. He is the brain behind it’s unique Player Hub Technology® connecting travel suppliers and distributors worldwide.
In 1999, he founded technology company TravelTainment, which quickly became a mainstay of the travel sector in Europe before it was sold to Amadeus in 2006.
Ralf remained for two years as chief executive of Amadeus Leisure Group before going on to found Peakwork in 2009, which has brought its unique Player Hub Technology® to the world of travel product distribution.
In 2013, his contribution to the industry was marked by the awarding of a World Travel Market Global Award for “Serial Innovation” for which he was nominated by Travolution. He also supported the foundations of Vtours and Weekend.com.Next to his CEO position at Peakwork, in 2001, he founded Chain4Travel, his latest venture in a stellar career in the travel technology sector. In this position he is pioneering the adoption of blockchain technology in travel industry. The start-up is building a blockchain based network for more efficient and even peer-to-peer trade of travel products, ready to take advantage of the next iteration of technology and the Web 3.0 age.
Manuel Saballus is our Chief of Staff and Vice President Business Development & Strategy. He focuses on the development of new business areas and products, the strategic orientation of Peakwork in the current business, as well as developing further cooperation and support of Peakwork's most strategic partners and customers.
Manuel has around 20 years of experience in travel technology and is very well connected internationally. He is a specialist in all travel distribution related questions, in the field of dynamic packaging and strategic growth through technical integrations.
Daniel Zingsheim is an internationally recognized specialist for e-commerce projects in the travel industry. As Vice President Operations since May 2020, Danny contributes many years of expertise to Peakwork's operational business and is responsible for Peakwork AG's entire existing customer business (including technical account management, technical project management and the support team). He also heads up Peakwork Ltd. in the UK as Managing Director. During his six years at Peakwork, Danny has also led both project management and technical account management.
Prior to joining Peakwork, Danny was responsible for national and international IT projects at TravelTainment, now part of the Amadeus IT Group, from 2006-2014, and most recently worked as Head of Department for Technical Account Management & Solution Engineering. He studied tourism business and gained practical experience in a travel agency and in destinations.
Today, Danny is not only well-connected in the international travel industry, but his many years of experience with international web projects, travel portals and dynamic packaging platforms have also given him profound insights into international tourism markets.
Sebastian is our Vice President Supply Solutions and responsible for supplier (hotel/flight) and tour operator integration at Peakwork. He is an expert in data processing and transformation as well as touristic data formats, especially when it comes to hotels, flights and packages. As a former developer he has a deep understanding of development processes and an in depth knowledge of touristic data, CRS/booking systems, Inventories and API for rates, availabilities and nbc.
Sebastian has over 13 years of experience in travel technology and working at Peakwork.
Paul Weskamp is Peakwork’s Director of Finance, HR & Administration. He is our contact for investors, our joint venture partners, banking and payment partners, insurance partners, and facility management partners.
Before being promoted to his current position in 2019, Paul Weskamp was Peakwork’s Head of Finance & Controlling. Prior to his joining in 2018, he consulted German mid-cap companies in all branches in special situations. He graduated in Business Engineering and International Business Management at the KIT in Karlsruhe and Indonesia.
Dimo Pashov is a seasoned professional with broad knowledge of the Leisure Travel Industry and proven track record in Sales and Sales Management across multiple business verticals. As Head of Sales EMEA, he is responsible for sales in Europe, Middle East and Africa, with a focus on strengthening and expanding the Player-Hub network and securing new strategic partners and clients across these regions. Dimo has held various managerial positions at TeamAmerica, Tourico Holidays, TravelStoreMaker.com Inc. and others, where he has gained over 15 years of experience in Direct Sales, New Market Acquisition, Business Development and Account Management.
Christian Andersen is Director Flight at Peakwork. He is responsible for strategic flight planning and the development of flight operators in the network. This includes the connection of new airlines, consolidators, flight brokers, flight suppliers and strategic IT partners. Christian advises Peakwork’s flight suppliers how to optimize sales and dynamic packaging using Peakwork technology.
Christian joined Peakwork in October 2013. Prior to this, he worked at TravelTainment for about five years as an airline specialist and flight product manager, particularly responsible for the strategic alignment of the company’s flight sector. During this time, Christian accompanied numerous airlines and consolidators on their way to touristic distribution - both in flight-only sales and dynamic packaging. He understands the airline business from many years of experience: He worked at LTU International Airways for more than 13 years, most recently as Coordinator Distribution Systems & Interline Affairs, so the needs and requirements of the airline distribution systems are very well known to him.
The introduction of Peakwork SET and Sabre Vacations is set to change the way travel agencies will book travel products in the future.
A major partnership with GDS Sabre is announced. Peakwork develops a flexible and scalable, next generation tour product to help shape the future of travel retail, Sabre Vacations. Peakwork starts Web3 developments presenting new dApps for the B2B travel trade.
Peakwork focuses on the development of Peakwork Box. The partnership with Google Cloud is strengthened. Hosting and applications are focused on Google Cloud compatible technology. Peakwork SET development, an exciting new solution for travel agents, starts in 2021.
Peakwork releases the rail package Player in 2019. The transformation into a Software as a Service driven company has been successful.
A bigger office is needed: Peakwork moves into new headquarters located at Rheinallee, Düsseldorf. In 2016, TUI Venture Group invests in Peakwork, followed by an investment from Brockhaus Private Equity in 2017. Peakwork B-Hub operates a total of 1 million bookings! Peakwork also launches Travelviewer, a booking solution for travel agencies.
Peakwork continues to grow. All renowned German tour operators now use Player Hub Technology. Internationalization starts and we welcome our first European customers on the network. Since its foundation, Peakwork achieves a 100 % turnover growth rate year on year.
The first major German tour operators and industry leaders become Peakwork customers, including TUI, L‘TUR, DER Touristik, and other partners. Solutions for travel production and dynamic packaging are introduced and well received by the market.
Peakwork was founded by Ralf Usbeck and his team in Düsseldorf. The development of the data format, EDF (uniform data format) started as well as the development of DRV GlobalTypes© for travel attributes search.