South African Airways (SAA) announced that Marc Cavaliere, executive vice president for North America, has been named senior vice president, global sales development, effective immediately. In this newly created position, Cavaliere will oversee several departments within SAA's commercial division including airline alliances, e-commerce, sales planning, distribution, customer call centers and regulatory affairs. Cavaliere will now be based at SAA's headquarters in Johannesburg.
A 30-year airline industry veteran, Cavaliere joined SAA as head of the North American market in 2006. Prior to that, he served as vice president of sales and marketing distribution for Spirit Airlines. He has also served as vice president for Aviation Management, a leading consulting firm that specializes in South American and Latin American carriers, and in several sales and airport operations roles for American Airlines and Pan Am.