Newly independent Focus group appoints MD

By Andy Hoskins, published 8/11/19

The Focus Travel Partnership has marked its new status as an independent limited company by appointing Abby Penston as Managing Director.

As it embarks on its ‘latest chapter as a limited company’, Focus says Penston has the experience to drive the partnership forward into a new era.

FTP Chairman, Mick Gibbs, says: "We are delighted that Abby has accepted the position of Managing Director – she is an outstanding candidate.

“Abby is a proven leader with a passion for our Partnership, who has the experience and energy to lead The Focus Travel Partnership into the future.”

Penston has previously held prominent roles in senior management positions within the business travel industry as well as running a successful strategic management consultancy company.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Focus Travel Partnership as its Managing Director at this incredibly exciting time,” says Penston.

“I look forward in collaboration with our Partnership base and my team to continue to build on an already solid business model and take the Focus Travel Partnership to the next stage of its ongoing development and beyond.”

The Partnership comprises some 60 independent TMCs who combine their buying power – around £1.2billion annually – to centrally negotiate optimum commercial terms with suppliers.

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