Virtuoso is welcoming Úna O’Leary to the team, appointing the former CWT executive to the role of general manager for Canada.
O’Leary, previously, served five years at CWT (formerly Carlson Wagonlit Travel), a Virtuoso member agency, as senior director of marketing and strategic partnerships, North America.
Based in Toronto, O’Leary will be responsible for driving Virtuoso’s business development to increase its footprint within Canada.
Additionally, she will focus on expanding Virtuoso’s global network of travel agency members and preferred travel providers, while elevating the group’s brand awareness and preference among affluent consumers.
Strategic global hires
The announcement marks the latest in strategic global hires for Virtuoso, which announced new general manager roles in other regions, including Latin America and the Caribbean as well as the Middle East, Europe and Africa, earlier this year.
“Positioning Virtuoso leaders in each of our markets will play a critical part in our drive to pandemic recovery and beyond,” said Michael Londregan, Virtuoso’s senior-vice president, global operations. “Úna will bring to our team vast distribution expertise along with in-depth knowledge of the Canadian market, an important region for Virtuoso, and one of the most prolific travelling nations in the world.”
Prior to joining Virtuoso, O’Leary, in addition to CWT, also held senior-level positions at Ensemble Travel Group, CIBC Insurance and American Express.
'During my time at CWT, I managed the Virtuoso relationship and it allowed me to get to know the organization from the agency perspective," O’Leary said. “I’m very happy to be back in the Virtuoso family and look forward to working with their dedicated team of professionals to further expand their presence and partnerships within Canada.”