Lion World Travel Announces Joint VP Appointments In Toronto Office

Photo cutline: L-R: Leeann Phayre-Mallo, VP Operations and Sales, David (Red) Hunt (centre), VP Marketing, and Lucille Sive, CEO of The Travel Corporation's Africa Division.

Long-time travel experts Leeann Phayre-Mallo and David "Red" Hunt have been promoted to VP positions at Lion World Travel's Toronto office.

Phayre-Mallo has been promoted to Vice President of Operations and Sales, and Hunt is now Vice President of Marketing. The two will continue to help lead the brand and drive its success together.

"With our new strategic direction, we are excited to have both Leeann and Red in these co-leadership roles with their diverse skill sets as we continue to grow our business. Leeann holds unparalleled knowledge of our Lion World safaris and exclusive vacation packages as well as insightful familiarity with Africa and a passion for increasing sales,” says Lucille Sive, CEO of The Travel Corporation's Africa Division. "Red brings with him a strong and extensive background in adventure travel, digital marketing and business management."

About Leeann Phayre-Mallo

Phayre-Mallo, who has been with Lion World since 2012, started as a General Manager and has risen through the ranks to Director of Product and Sales and, now, VP of Operations and Sales.

Twenty-six of her 28 years of working in the travel industry have been at various brands within the TTC family.

She began her career as a junior consultant at Thompsons, selling South Africa. She then worked at Evan Evans, TTC's UK sightseeing company, where she managed the reservations & operations team and looked after special group bookings. She later became a Sales Manager for a luxury game lodge operator and was able to return to her roots, promoting Africa once more.

Phayre-Mallo can be reached at leeann@lionworldtravel.com or via telephone at (416) 920-5466.

About David (Red) Hunt

A recent addition to the Lion World team, Hunt has been working in the tourism industry since 2003 and brings with him a wealth of travel knowledge and marketing experience.

With a background in business and management consulting, it took some time before Hunt ditched the corporate life for the world of travel and tourism. It was coincidentally a trip to Madagascar that got him hooked.

Prior to joining Lion World Travel, Hunt provided consulting and travel marketing services to tour operators in Canada, Ecuador, New Zealand, Peru and the U.S.A.

Hunt -- who has travelled extensively in Africa, having visited Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe -- can be reached at david@lionworldtravel.com or via telephone at (416) 920-5466.

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