As Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Ralf Usbeck focusses on the company's strategic and innovative orientation. As CEO of Peakwork from 2009 to 2017, he led the company to grow from 5 to more than 200 colleagues.
In November 2013, Ralf Usbeck was awarded the international ‘Serial Innovator of Travel Technology’ award at the World Travel Market in London.
How did it all start? At the age of 23, Ralf founded Usbeck-Engineering GmbH, a company that managed the development of graphical information systems. In 2000, the company rebranded to TravelTainment and under the leadership of Ralf, one of the leading German Internet Booking Engines, consulting software for travel agents, as well as dynamic packaging solution were created. Six years later, in 2006, Ralf sold TravelTainment to Amadeus and as CEO of the Amadeus Leisure Group, he was dedicated to boosting the company’s worldwide leisure business.
As CEO of Peakwork, Ralf continued to innovate: Peakwork has developed the Exchange Data Format EDF, a uniform data format for all travel offers, as well as the innovative Player Hub Technology. Today, the largest tour operators worldwide, as well as incoming agencies, metasearch companies and airlines, all work with the Player Hub Technology.
Manuel Saballus is an experienced specialist in the field of dynamic packaging engines and travel technology. At Peakwork, he is responsible for international business development and consulting in the fields of packaging solutions for Airlines, Tour Operators, OTA’s and Metasearch companies.
Paul Weskamp is Peakwork’s Vice President for 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.
As Director Strategic Partnership, Selket is responsible for Peakwork's Metasearch, Global Distribution Partnerships as well as Special Projects. She leads business development, sales and key account management for these partnerships and key projects, since she joined Peakwork in September 2017.
Selket has deep knowledge and extensive experience across the travel industry in the areas of travel technology, wholesale and distribution as well as finance and investments. Prior to joining Peakwork, Selket developed her international career in strategy and management consulting and financial services, focussing on hospitality, travel distribution and tourism clients. She has worked for PwC, Indra Company and OTS Globe, clients including leading Hotel Chains, Institutional Investors, Governments and Family offices.
After graduating from her MBA in Barcelona at ESADE Business & Law school, she has lived across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
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.
Laura Garcia is an experienced specialist responsible of the Commercial area of Peakwork´s Accommodation & Ancillary Suppliers Department, market analysing and contracting new Accommodation and Ancillary suppliers into the Peakwork network by offering the most adapted and convenient Solution/Product based on our supplier needs.
Cooperating with Tour Operator KAMs both teams are driving the Supplier-Client connectivity partnership based on market knowledge and customer needs.
Laura joined Peakwork on February 2019. Prior to Peakwork, she worked in the industry for 5 years at various companies such as Hotelbeds, Tourico Holidays and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
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