Avvio hires Sloan as VP of client strategy

George Sell By George Sell
02 February 2018 | Updated 02 February 2018

Ireland: Ian Sloan has been appointed as Avvio’s vice president of client strategy.

Sloan, who brings 15 years' experience working for major global hotel brands to the role, will work closely with hotel owners and managers, ensuring Avvio continues to develop and enhance its services in line with their future business plans and strategy.
 
After working at Centrica, Sloan joined the Hilton Hotels group as director of content management services in 2003. In 2009 he joined InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) - the owners of Holiday Inn, InterContinental Hotels and more - where he moved from director of UK marketing and voice services to global director of content strategy. He later became a consultant for IHG, based in Atlanta, looking at how AI was likely to impact the hotel industry, with a focus on bots and conversational messaging.
 
Sloan joined Avvio after meeting co-founder and CEO Frank Reeves last year, shortly after Avvio had launched the its AI-powered booking engine Allora.
 
"I was really excited by what Avvio was doing by creating Allora, the world's first AI powered booking engine and it fitted perfectly with my extensive experience and expertise in hotels and artificial intelligence. I had worked for two very, very big operators with thousands of employees for more than a decade, and I really wanted to work for a smaller, more agile business where I could get involved in all aspects of strategy and at all levels of the company. I am really looking forward helping Avvio's many great clients develop and grow their businesses," said Sloan.
 
Frank Reeves, co-founder and CEO at Avvio, said: "We're really pleased to welcome Ian to our team. His expertise in the hotel business paired with an in-depth knowledge of AI applications and developments will add great value to Avvio and be of great benefit to all our clients."

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