John Severini has been named president and CEO of the California Travel Industry Association (CalTIA) effective June 1. The appointment marks the first time in the organization’s history that it will employ a full-time president and CEO.
Severini’s career includes serving as president of Trafalgar Tours USA and holding senior executive positions at The Walt Disney Company, including vice president of national accounts for Walt Disney Attractions Inc. He has also served as vice president of sales for Royal Cruise Line; senior consultant and partner with KDS Marketing, Sales & Business Solutions; and executive vice president of sales and marketing for R.S.S. Ventures, Inc.
“There are compelling reasons why travel-related businesses and individuals need to belong to this association, and I’m looking forward to working with their boards, membership and related associations to grow CalTIA from strength to strength,” said Severini.