by Loren G. Edelstein | July 18, 2013

Travel industry research firm PhoCusWright Inc., a division of Northstar Travel Media, today announced the appointment of Tony D'Astolfo as the company's managing director. An industry veteran, D'Astolfo brings strong executive leadership experience, rich expertise in travel and technology, and a passion for moving the industry forward. As managing director, he will build on the strength of PhoCusWright's premier research and events to foster growth and expand the company's global reach.

D'Astolfo most recently served as chief sales officer for next-generation car service GroundLink. Prior to that, he was instrumental in fueling substantial growth as senior vice president, travel services, at Rearden Commerce, where he assembled and led a team that built a distribution network of more than 50 travel management companies and added 7,000 customers.

D'Astolfo's record of success in the corporate travel space began with B2B e-commerce leader GetThere, where he served most recently as senior vice president under Sabre Holdings. Prior to GetThere, he spent 19 years in leadership roles at United Airlines. A frequent speaker at travel industry conferences around the world, D'Astolfo is also the author of the popular travel industry blog "CarryingOn."

"We are delighted to welcome a proven leader with the vision and knowledge needed to guide PhoCusWright's next chapter," said Bob Sullivan, executive vice president, Travel Group, Northstar Travel Media. "Tony joins a talented team, and we look forward to seeing the business continue to grow and thrive under his leadership."

"PhoCusWright is one of the most respected brands in travel," said D'Astolfo. "I'm thrilled and honored to be leading the company in this exciting next phase of its evolution."

Northstar is the parent company of brands including Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Meeting News, Incentive, Business Travel News, Travel Weekly, and other products, including print and digital products, as well as industry events.