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Avoya Travel Appoints New Vice President to Support Future Growth, Innovation, and Shared Success™


Jeff Lavender brings global leadership and broad travel industry background to new role at Avoya



Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – July 22, 2016 – Avoya Travel, one of the world’s largest and most innovative travel companies, today announced the appointment of a new Vice President, Jeff Lavender, to play a key role in leading Avoya’s corporate strategy and development initiatives. Lavender brings over 20 years of global experience to Avoya and will support the company’s future growth, strategic positioning, and pioneering Shared Success™ model that creates mutually beneficial relationships between customers, travel professionals, and supplier partners.


“Avoya Travel is honored to have Jeff onboard our executive team as we continue to look ahead and expand the footprint of our brand,” said Brad Anderson, President, Avoya Travel. “Jeff’s travel industry experience will be integral in strengthening Avoya’s strategic position, growing market share, and optimizing efficiencies to benefit the Avoya Network, supplier partners, and travelers.”


Lavender is an innovative customer-centric leader with a diverse travel industry background driving global sales, maximizing revenue and margin growth, leading teams, strategic planning, product development, and employing cutting edge technology.


“Avoya Travel is recognized as one of the top travel companies worldwide and it is a privilege to join their senior leadership team,” said Jeff Lavender, Vice President, Avoya Travel. “I am looking forward to helping Avoya diversify its product offerings, grow revenue, and accelerate technology initiatives to further enhance the success of our key stakeholders.”


Lavender’s previous experience encompasses senior leadership and business development positions for premier travel companies across the globe including: Travel Impressions and American Express Vacations,, EuropAssistance,, Travelport France, Travelocity Europe, Preview Travel, and Amadeus. Lavender holds an International Executive MBA from INSEAD in Paris and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration for Travel Industry Management from the University of Hawaii. 



About Avoya Travel

Avoya Travel has a long-standing reputation for being one of the world’s largest and most innovative travel companies. As an American Express Travel Representative for more than 25 years, Avoya is deeply committed to Integrity and Professionalism™, service, and value in every aspect of planning cruises and vacations. Through an elite network of independently owned and operated travel agencies, Avoya provides exclusive discounts, amenities, and first-class customer service to travelers worldwide. For this, Avoya has received numerous accolades, including being repeatedly named Travel Partner of the Year, by Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruises, American Express, Oceania Cruises, and more.


Travel agency owners, travel professionals, and others interested in owning and operating their own travel business should contact Avoya Travel at 800-521-2597 or visit Travelers interested in booking their next vacation with Avoya Travel, should call 800-753-1463 or visit