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EXO Travel's success is the product of dedicated, enthusiastic individuals. We are fortunate to have over 850 team members worldwide that are united through a passion for travel and an insatiable desire to discover, create and develop both personally and professionally.

EXO Group, headquartered in Bangkok, was established in 2007 to ensure that each EXO destination is fully optimised, supported and operates at the highest standard. Allow us to introduce some key members of the EXO Group team:

OLIVIER COLOMÈS

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Olivier fell in love with Asia in 1988. Five years later, an opportunity arose to join Eric Merlin and Denis Colonna in founding EXO Travel as a joint tourism venture in Vietnam. From Paris, he drove business development for ten years before moving to Vietnam in 2003. Four years later, he assumed the role of CEO at the headquarters in Bangkok.

HAMISH KEITH

Group Managing Director

Hamish has lived, worked and travelled in Southeast Asia since 1990. Leading tours through every corner of Thailand, Indonesia, then Indochina, his experience led to the launch of successful inbound tour operating and cycling companies in 1995. In 2002 he joined up with EXO to launch EXO Thailand, and in 2007, joined Olivier as a partner overseeing EXO.

GEORGE EHRLICH-ADAM

Chief Operating Officer

George's passion for travel in Asia took root after moving to Kuala Lumpur and then Borneo back in 1996. After opening EXO Cambodia in 2000 he became the General Manager of EXO Laos, EXO Myanmar and then our biggest operation, EXO Vietnam, where he remained from 2007 until 2014. He is now based in the Bangkok headquarters as the COO. 

FRANK WOJTYNA

Chief Financial Officer

Frank has had a passion for travel in Asia since the 1990s when he began travelling to the region frequently for work with TUI Group, the world's largest tourism group. He moved to Asia after being offered a position as CFO at EXO Group at our headquarters in Bangkok, a position he has held for the last five years.

RUBEN DERKSEN

Product Director

Having lived in 11 countries across Europe, Africa and Asia, Ruben has uniquely extensive travel experience which forms a strong foundation for his role as Regional Product Director. He combines a deep passion for adventure with an MBA and a series of roles within the industry that bring robust expertise to the product side of EXO Travel.

THIERRY RODET

Information Systems Director

Thierry's foray into Asia began while travelling extensively throughout Southeast Asia in 1993. Since then he has accrued more than 20 years of experience in the travel industry, working mostly in IT and System Management roles. Thierry joined EXO in 2010 and eventually took on the challenge of Director of Information & Systems.

BRIAN ANDERSON

Ecommerce Director

Brian began exploring Asia at the tender age of 6 months, moving to Singapore with his family for a 5 year stay. Beginning his career at the dawn of the World Wide Web, Brian is a seasoned technologist and digital all-rounder who has worked with some of the world's biggest web agencies. After travelling and working extensively throughout Southeast Asia, he settled down in Thailand in 2009. 

EXO has sales offices around the globe, offering support on a number of levels. From London, Paris, Barcelona and Frankfurt to New York, Melbourne and Rio de Janeiro- our dedicated teams are ready and waiting to assist with everything from training to sales support.

Nick Ghosh

Sales Manager UK, Ireland, Scandinavia

With a childhood spent between Southeast Asia and the UK, Nick has the deep knowledge of a true local. After university Nick moved to China to teach at Shanghai University, before returning to the UK to work for a top tour operator for ten years. Prior to joining Exo he was a product manager for the Far East, and is now our Sales Director for the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia.

Gaetan Decherf

Sales Manager Latin America

Gaetan is a tireless traveller who grew up in France, studied in Mexico and fell in love with Asia. He started his adventure with EXO Travel as MICE supervisor in Barcelona and took over the position of Sales Manager. He opened the LATAM sales office in Brazil in 2013 and recently moved to Mexico to keep sharing his passion about Asia.

Albino Veneto

Sales Manager Latin Europe

Albino's passion for the travel industry began at the early age of 16 while working for resorts in Italy. After working for an italian tour operator between 2009 and 2011, Albino moved to Malaysia toward the end of 2011. He joined EXO in 2015. Utilising his deep knowledge of emerging markets in the region, he strives to make EXO the best it can be. 

CHRIS HALL

Sales Manager Australasia

Chris first visited Japan in 2002, where he remained for five years while travelling and working in the region. Since settling in Melbourne, he has been working with EXO to share his love of the Asia. He still returns to the region several times a year.

Chris Aubanel

Vice President Sales, North America

Chris began his career in the travel industry as a tour manager based in Asia. He then spent a period of time working with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and various Starwood resorts where he further developed relationships with tour operators, agent networks and DMCs. His passion for Asia and his commitment to assist you is a huge asset for EXO.

JEAN-MARIE MELL

General Manager French Market

Growing up in France, Jean Marie began his career in the hotel industry. He fell in love with Asia after a 6 month navy mission and, since then, has made nearly 90 trips to the region. Based in our sales office in Paris, Jean Marie has been with EXO since 2000, where he helps to drive sales in our French-speaking markets. 

Jeremie Descelles

Sales Manager Asia, Africa & Eastern Europe

A native of Mauritius, Jeremie worked in Dubai for two years before moving to Asia. Years of working with other prominent DMCs within the region and around the world has provided Jeremie with extensive experience in both the MICE and Sales markets. Already calling Bangkok his 'home away from home', Jeremie brings a wealth of knowledge to the EXO team.  

PANTANIDA JANTSAKOOL

General Manager German Market

Born in Bangkok, Pantanida began her career in the travel industry in the early 2000's. After travelling around Southeast Asia for a period of time, she moved to Ho Chi Minh City to help start up the German department for EXO Travel. She has been based in Germany since 2008, where she looks after our German-speaking clients.

Vietnam was EXO's first destination, established in 1993 when the country was all but closed off to foreign travel companies. 24 years later, EXO Vietnam is the longest standing foreign tour operator in the country with offices in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang. Allow us to introduce some of the EXO Vietnam team:

ANTON JURGENS

General Manager

Anton's professional travel and tourism experience spans destinations across Europe, North America, Central America, Africa and Asia while his areas of expertise range from business development and budgeting to operations, marketing, product development, sustainable tourism and more. Along with a masters in sustainable destination management and a deep love of exploring, he brings a tremendous amount of passion and experience to EXO Vietnam.

LISE PAPAY JURGENS

Mice/Events Manager

Lise has a background in project management and law. She began her foray in the travel industry after winning a tourism competition hosted by the French guide book, Guide de Routard. In addition to proven talent in travel product design and marketing, Lise brings substantial expertise to Vietnam's MICE and Events department as its manager. 

QUYEN NGUYEN

Inbound Director

Quyen was one of the pioneering travel professionals that helped put Vietnam on the tourism map. She has worked in roles related to travel sales in Vietnam for more than 20 years, and brings mountains of experience to EXO Vietnam. Through her role as Director of Sales she helps to inspire and motivate our sales team and exceed our sales targets.

SUSU KUE NHAT THI TRAN

Product Manager

With more than 14 years in the luxury boutique travel industry, Susu's range of experience covers everything from Sales and Branding to Product Development. Her current role as Product Manager for EXO Vietnam allows her to inspire the product development team with creativity and out-of-the-box thinking to keep our Vietnam product offerings at the forefront of what's possible with tourism in Vietnam. 

EXO Thailand was opened in 2003 as our 5th destination. We currently have offices in Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai serving all different corners of the Kingdom. Allow us to introduce some of the EXO Thailand team:

JEAN-BAPTISTE RICHARD

General Manager

Jean Baptiste began his career in the tourism industry in 2003. After a time as Product Manager for EXO Thailand, he managed the opening of our Chiang Mai office before a stint handling the Southeast Asian activities of a Swiss-based tour operator in Europe. He then returned to EXO in January 2016 to take on the role of General Manager.

KIM MARTIN RASMUSSEN

Product Manager

Having lived and worked in Thailand as a travel professional for more than a decade, Kim's knowledge of the country is extraordinary. While working in a variety of roles from operations and sales to product, he has not only explored every corner of Thailand, but also the travel industry as a whole. 

VENUS PITINANON

Senior Inbound Manager

Venus began her career in tourism in 2004 and joined the inbound department of EXO Travel in Bangkok in 2006. After moving to Dubai for some time, returned to EXO Thailand in 2015. Since then, Venus has taken on the role of Senior Inbound Manager, using her knowledge of Thailand and experience to smooth out our inbound client experiences.

TIM UPCHURCH

MICE Manager

Tim started out working in hotel services aboard a worldwide cruise line then, via work with an airline and corporate events company in the UK, ended up on an 18 month career break in Asia and never went back. With stints also working in Singapore, he returned to his favourite Asian city Bangkok, joining EXO as Events Manager Thailand in 2010. 

PAT SAPPATTARA

Operations Manager

Pat's professional involvement with the tourism industry began in 2002. Originally working in the hotel industry, she then joined the Tourism Authority of Thailand before earning a masters in Tourism Management in 2006. After a series of big roles in the travel industry, she then joined EXO as Operations Manager where her skills and knowledge are greatly appreciated. 

WANEE LERTSAMRANPINI

Inbound Manager

Wannee brings a considerable amount of experience to EXO. Starting her career in the travel industry back in the early 90s, she has a passion for discovering new and exciting products to offer clients. She is also a great team leader and is crucial to creating a culture of excellence among our inbound sales team. 

PANTIPA

Inbound Manager

Fueled by her love of travel and photography, Pantipa began working in the travel industry back in 1998 while working for a French tour operator. After gaining some valuable experience, she was welcomed onboard with EXO in 2006. With nearly two decades worth of experience in travel, mostly at EXO, she offers a lot of wisdom to EXO. 

EXO Cambodia was opened in 2000 as our 3rd destination. We currently have offices in both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Allow us to introduce some of the EXO Cambodia team:

Meng Hieng

Managing Director

Meng has more than 20 years of experience working in the travel industry. After gaining invaluable experience with his own travel company, Meng became part of the EXO family in 2000, as well as becoming the Chairman of the Cambodian Association of Travel Agents (CATA) and Chairman of the regional travel body, ASEAN Tourism Association.  

Pierre-Andre Romano

General Manager

Pierre has more than 25 years of experience, mostly within the travel industry. He combines a strong management and finance background with a lifelong passion for travel in Cambodia and Asia on a whole. His direction, guidance and wisdom is of critical importance to the operations in Cambodia. 

Christopher Greener

Product Manager

After receiving a degree in Asian Adventure Tourism Management specialising, Chris began his career in the travel industry as a Senior Asia Sales Consultant and Product Manager in the UK. After gaining valuable experience there, he joined the EXO family in Asia as the Product Manager in Cambodia.

Samphoas Srey

Inbound Manager

Samphoas began working in tourism shortly after gradiuation. Because of her fluency in English and French, during her 10 years of working in the industry she has been in charge of accounts from numerous nationalities. She joined EXO Cambodia in 2009 and became the Inbound Manager in early 2015. 

Vanta Ol

Operations Manager

Shortly after university, Vanda began working in the travel industry as a guide before eventually taking on an office position. Since 2009 he has worked his way through the ranks of EXO to become the Adventure and Operations manager overseeing all our fun and adventurous offerings in Cambodia.

Danine Samith

Events Manager

Having joined EXO in 2005, Danine has been with us for more than a decade. In addition to her language skills, speaking local Khmer, English and French fluently, she has extensive knowledge of Cambodia's burgeoning MICE industry which she uses to great affect in guiding EXO Cambodia's MICE strategy and operations.

EXO Laos was opened in 2001 as our 4th destination. Our offices are located in Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Pakse. Allow us to introduce some of the EXO Laos team:

Jason Rolan

General Manager

Hailing from Texas, Jason was first gripped by the travel industry more than a decade ago after being invited to work for a tour operator in northeastern Thailand. Before coming to EXO he worked for a number of tour operators and gained fluency in both Thai and Lao. Along with an enthusiasm for travel, Jason brings a ton of experience to EXO Laos as the General Manager. 

Thongsy Phommajak

Inbound Manager

Beginning in the hotel industry, Thongsy eventually shifted to the travel industry to suit his interest in local cultures and in sharing his wonderful country with others. Joining EXO in 2013 as a travel consultant, his prowess as someone able to get things done and work well with others was quickly recognised and he became Inbound Supervisor in 2015.

Phouthasak Ophaso

Luang Prabang Branch Manager

Rising through the ranks, Pouthasak started his career in the travel industry as a tour guide. Through his extensive local knowledge of Laos and his knack for operational efficiency, he rose through the ranks, eventually landing at EXO where his expertise about the area, local operational complexities and ability to work with people is served well as Branch Manager.

Bounhom Degand

Internet Sales Manager

Having joined the Laos Tourist Information Guide Service in 2006, Bounhom has extensive knowledge of Laos, and has explored almost every corner of it. She joined EXO in 2009 as a travel consultant in Internet and Direct Sales and has since been promoted to Internat Sales Manager after proving her uncommon ability to not only meet targets, but to movitave others as well.

EXO Myanmar was opened in 1995 as our 2nd destination. We currently have offices in Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle. Allow us to introduce some of the EXO Myanmar team:

Su Su Tin

Managing Director

Su Su joined EXO as a joint venture partner back in 1995 while helping to establish EXO Myanmar as our second destination. Her leadership, guidance and entrepreneurial spirit has been crucial to the success of the company. Su Su also has upper-management roles in a number of other hospitality and tourism ventures, bringing experience and knowledge to EXO and significantly boosting Myanmar as a tourist destination. 

Sandor Leinwand Recte Rein

General Manager

Having travelled or worked in 55 countries across the world, Sandor brings a tremendous amount of travel experience to EXO Myanmar. He has served as a General Manager for Asian DMCs for nearly a decade while being based in Hanoi, Bali and Bangkok. After a stint working in Japan, he accepted the role of General Manager for EXO Myanmar.

Camille Barberis

Inbound Manager

Beginning as an avid traveller, Camille went on to earn a master's degree in Tourism and Development. Following three years as the Product Manager for EXO Laos, she moved to EXO Myanmar in search of new challenges while taking on the role of Inbound Manager, where her skills and savvy for great client experiences is used to great effect.

Wah Wah Lin

Inbound Manager (German Market)

After working in the hotel industry for a period of time, Wah Wah went back to school for a degree in Tourism Management before working for a well-known travel company in Myanmar. This eventually led her to EXO. She's now responsible for inbound clients from the German market for EXO. 

Nwe Nwe Lwin

Sales Manager

Nwe Nwe has been making travel arrangements for clients across the world for more than two decades. She brings an incredible amount of local knowledge, expertise and passion to EXO Myanmar as Inbound Sales Manager allowing the entire team to flourish. Our incredibly high rate of guest satisfaction is a credit to her unique abilities.

Celine Desile Dejean

Events Manager

Celine began her career in the travel industry in 1991, working for 10 years in the leisure market and 10 years in the MICE market. She has extensive knowledge of the market in Southeast Asia and has been based in Myanmar for over six years where she serves as EXO Myanmar's Events Manager and oversees its MICE business.

EXO Indonesia was opened in 2009 as our 6th destination. We currently have offices in Bali, Yogyakarta and Lombok. Allow us to introduce some of the EXO Indonesia team:

Trisna Agustini

Managing Director

Trisna's vision to have the best DMC in Indonesia led her to meet the founders of EXO in early 2009, who were then seeking a partner to expand operations into Indonesia with. Recognising the potential for growth and mutual benefits, Trisna merged her family travel business with EXO to give rise to EXO Indonesia. Since then she has worked tirelessly to achieve her vision. 

Erik Meriot

General Manager

Erik's introduction to the travel industry began in France back in 1991, then in Greece and the USA before moving to Jakarta, Indonesia in 1996. He joined EXO in 1999 as the general manager of Myanmar where he stayed until 2003. He then moved back to France to replace the current CEO's job as Director of Sales at EXO Paris before opening EXO Indonesia and assuming his current role as General Manager there.

Solenne Pinocely

Inbound Manager

After a period of extensive travel, Solenne began working in Shanghai and Hong Kong before joining EXO in Laos in 2012 as the Inbound MICE Sales Manager where she served for three years while gaining valuable experience and knowledge of the industry. She then joined EXO Indonesia in her current role as Co-Inbound Manager. 

Christian Byczek

Product Manager

After becoming entranced by Asia during a trip there in 2001, Christian studied Southeast Asian Studies before receiving a master's degree and then joining EXO Vietnam in 2010 as the German Department Manager. His experience with community-based ecotourism helped to bring Indonesia into focus after becoming the Product Manager for EXO Indonesia in 2013. 

Lukman Tassakka

Co-Inbound Manager

Lukman's introduction to the travel industry began as a flight attendant for Garuda Indonesia in 2003. He then shifted his career by becoming a travel consultant with EXO Indonesia in 2011. Working his way through the ranks there, he eventually landed his current job as English Inbound Supervisor. 

EXO Japan was opened in 2011 as our 7th destination. We currently have offices in Tokyo and Kyoto. Allow us to introduce some of the EXO Japan team:

Mark Holguin

General Manager

Mark first travelled to Japan as a student while attending Kansai Gaidai University. Fueled by his deep appreciation of the county's culture, he began working with a Japanese DMC based in Los Angeles, CA. Since then he has held numerous senior roles in a broad range of travel trade companies. His wide ranging expertise and extensive network make him uniquely well-suited for the role of GM for EXO Japan.

Barbara La Puma

Regions Manager

After receiving a degree in archeology, Barbara left her home country of Italy to work in the airline industry. After travelling through a number of countries for work, she ended up in Japan where her career transitioned to working in the travel industry. This led her to her current role where she helps others to discover Japan's spellbounding beauty. 

Aurelie Do

Luxury Team Leader

Aurelie came to Tokyo in 2015 to take part in a language exchange course. After falling in love with the country, she decided to stay and joined up with EXO as the Luxury Team Leader in 2016. 

Kapila Jayasuriya

Team Leader - European Market

Kapila began as a hotelier, spending two years working in Singapore and five years in Maldives as a Guest Relations Executive and Operations Officer. After gaining substantial experience, he joined the EXO family as an Operations Officer in 2015. Here he uses his enthusiasm and ability to excel in difficult situations as the Team Leader for European markets. 

EXO China was launched in 2012 as our 8th destination. We currently have offices in Beijing and Guangdong. Allow us to introduce some of the EXO China team:

Olivier Marchesin

Managing Director

A travel industry veteran since 1995, Olivier began his career in Ground Handling for General Aviation in France. He relocated to Asia in 2001 and gained wide experience working for several DMC's throughout the region. He joined EXO in 2008 as the General Manager for EXO Cambodia. In March 2012, Olivier moved to Beijing and led the opening of EXO China.

Susan Zhong

General Manager

Susan spent 10 years working for a leading appliance corporation in China, gaining valuable experience in IT, HR, accounting and management before moving to the tourism industry in 2008. After four years working with a DMC, Susan joined EXO China in 2012 as General Manager, bringing a wealth of experience and excellent buisness relations with key industry figures throughout the country.

Marisol Cai

Inbound Supervisor

Marisol studied in Spain and, in addition to Mandarin, speaks fluent English and Spanish. She joined EXO four years ago and has, since then, used her excellent communication skills and extensive knowledge of destinations to show clients the best of China.

Kevin Chen

Events Operation Manager

After obtaining a master's degree in corporate banking and engineering, Kevin worked in the financial sector in France before moving back to his hometown of Beijing to be closer to family. Joining EXO in 2013, Kevin combines technical expertise and adept skills in logistics with a passion for showing visitors the best of China. 

Sara Liu

Travel Consultant

Sara Liu became a travel consultant with EXO China in 2014. Before that, she was an English tutoring teacher in a private agency. Her communication skills contribute greatly to the cooperation and coordination of the team. She is now in charge of the UK market in China.

Veronique Gong

French-Speaking Travel Consultant

Veronique has a love of travelling and language. After studying French for four years in university and working in an international hospital as a translator, she became a French travel consultant with EXO Travel in 2015. She uses her upbeat personality and passion for sharing the beauty of China to consistently put a smile on client's faces. 

EXO Malaysia was opened in 2015 as our 9th destination. We currently have offices in Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu. Allow us to introduce some of the EXO Malaysia team:

Gennaro Nardone

Managing Director

Having lived in Malaysia for more than twenty years, Gennaro has travelled to nearly every corner of the country. Along with his profound knowledge of Malaysia, Gennaro also has mountains of experience in the travel industry, having started his own travel company in 2002. In 2015 his company joined with EXO to give rise to EXO Malaysia, which he currently heads.

Aina Lai

Events Manager

Aina began working in the tourism industry in 1989, working at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur. She eventually landed in the Events Department there, where she gained tons of experience in the field. In 1998 she moved to Kota Kinabalu and began working at a DMC doing events management in Kuala Lumpur and Indonesia. She joined EXO in 2016.

Rosa Minggu

Inbound Supervisor

Born in a longhouse in Sarawak, Rosa's heritage is proudly connected to Malaysia and sharing with others is a big passion of hers. She first began working in the travel industry in 2005 while working with a tour agency. After a stint working on a cruise boat, she joined what would later become EXO Malaysia in 2011.

EXO Singapore was officially opened in 2017 as our 10th destination. Currently open for MICE travel, we plan to open Singapore to independent travellers later in the year. Allow us to introduce some of the EXO Singapore team:

Mauro Del Vento

General Manager

From an early age, Mauro knew he wanted to work in the travel industry. Having visited more than 50 countries for business and leisure, he has over 20 years of experience working in a range of roles including 9 years of experience as a GM in both Malaysia and Singapore before joining us in 2017. 

Lina Rafai

Inbound Supervisor

After an initial stint as an assistant tour officer in a travel company, Lina has been involved with the travel industry for more than 22 years. She utilises her extensive knowledge and passion to create unique and memorable experiences for guests and helps others in EXO to do the same. 

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