Jean-claude Baumgarten joins knighthood capital advisory board

Jean-Claude Baumgarten has joined Knighthood Capital Partners as a member of the Advisory Board

James Hogan said:

In Jean-Claude we have an internationalist and a respected travel and tourism leader who brings years of experience operating at the highest levels in government and private enterprise.

He is held in high regard by governments and private enterprise alike and we are very proud to have him in our ranks.

Mr Baumgarten joined Air France in 1970 and served the company for more than two decades in senior executive commercial and corporate roles and as a member of the Executive and Strategic Committee, ending his tenure at the company in July 1998 after serving as Executive Vice President of Corporate, International and Industrial Affairs, and finally as Advisor to the Chairman.

Following his retirement from Air France, he set up New York based Crewe Associates which provides consultancy and start up advice for new businesses.

Mr Baumgarten served as President and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council from October 1999 to November 2010 when he became its Vice Chairman.

He is a Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur and an Officier de l’Ordre National du Merite as well as a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres. He is an advisor in foreign trade to both the French Government and the Chairman of the Tourism Commission. He was presented with the Gold Medal for Tourism by Turismo do Algarve in 2003.

He is a graduate of Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, one of Europe’s most prestigious business schools and has honourary doctorates from the University of Buffalo in America and the University of Bournemouth in the UK.

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