Collinson appoints David Sarafinas to grow Travel Risk Management for the Americas region
David brings 19 years of experience in Duty of Care/ TRM, as a thought leader creating new concepts and programs for international organizations in order to fulfill their duty of care responsibilities. He was instrumental in the creation of HX Global (Healix-US) as Managing Director from inception in 2013 until 2018 where he recruited and managed the sales and account management teams. Prior to this David spent 13 years as the senior director of business development for International SOS from 2001-2013.
Prior to his role in the industry, David, as founder of National Medical Electronics, created, staffed, managed, grew and sold one of the largest biomedical engineering companies in the US. Mr. Sarafinas also spent 10 years serving in the US Navy, assigned to a combat helicopter squadron providing support for the Navy special operations units.
Commenting on the appointment, Lars Holmquist, EVP – Americas Collinson said: “I am delighted to welcome David to our team in the Americas. Adding Travel Risk Management to our suite of airport lounge, loyalty and assistance products in the US gives us another way to serve travelers and leverage our global assets. David brings deep expertise and a proven track record of success that will help to accelerate our growth.”
David added: “I joined Collinson to be part of a financially strong and operationally experienced organization that places significant resources and thought behind the travel journey and experience. Collinson has an amazing portfolio of products and services which can be bolted on to our travel risk management services taking our platform “beyond duty of care”, all with the individual traveler in mind. The lifecycle of the traveler experience is well mapped out from the time they consider taking a trip, (including medical and security portals, risk reports and alerts, Priority Pass providing access to over 1,200 airport lounges, ID Sentry, and personal data protection) all the way through to monitoring their locations, and if necessary, insured security and medical evacuations.
Collinson has many years of global experience in loyalty programs and understands better than most in this space how to win the respect and loyalty of an organizations most valuable asset; their employees.”