Phil Sproul Is New CEO As Merit Transitions Leadership
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Louise de Grandpré
Merit Travel is transitioning its leadership team as founders Louise de Grandpré and Michael Merrithew have announced their intention to leave the company as of the end of July. Phil Sproul is the new CEO of H.I.S – Merit Travel effective immediately.
“We want to congratulate Louise and Michael for their incredible accomplishment in building an industry leading company over the past 27 years,” said Hideo Hatano, Global Business Development Director, H.I.S.
“Going forward, the team led by Phil Sproul will drive our growth trajectory across our Loyalty, Corporate and Leisure travel businesses by providing customers with unmatched access to new programs, resources, support and services.”
“It has been an incredible journey for Loulou and myself,” said Michael Merrithew. “We are so very grateful to the hundreds of team members who helped us build a remarkable company and contributed to our shared success. It’s never easy to step away, but this is the right time for the future of the company and its employees. We’ll be taking some well-deserved time off until we move on to the next chapter of our careers.”
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.