Organisation as of 15 March 2016
Zubin Karkaria, Chief Executive Office Kuoni Group and VFS Global
Indian, born 1968
After graduating in commerce from Mumbai University and completing his Business Management studies from Mumbai, Zubin Karkaria joined Orbit Trade Fair Tours in 1989. He then moved to SOTC in 1991 and was with SOTC when it was acquired by Kuoni Group in 1996. He was appointed as the COO of the Kuoni India Tour Operating Division in 1999, and moved on to become the Deputy CEO and Head Business Development in 2003. He conceptualised and launched VFS Global in 2001. In 2005 he was appointed as the CEO and Managing Director of Kuoni India and South Asia, responsible for all units of Kuoni India – Tour Operating, Destination Management, Business Travel, and Kuoni Academy, while concurrently developing the VFS Global business into a global leader in its field (as CEO of VFS Global from 2010 onwards). In March 2013, in line with the development of VFS Global as an important Division of Kuoni Group, Zubin Karkaria was appointed on the Executive Board of Kuoni Group. On 5 November 2015 Zubin Karkaria was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kuoni Group. Furthermore, Zubin Karkaria is a Global Member of the WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council).
Prisca Havranek-Kosicek, Chief Financial Officer Kuoni Group
Austrian, born 1975
Before Prisca Havranek-Kosicek was appointed Chief Financial Officer at Kuoni Group on 1 March 2016, she was Group Treasurer of Royal DSM, a Dutch company globally active in health, nutrition and materials. In 2011 she took the VP Finance & Control role at the DSM Pharma Chemicals Business Unit based in Austria. One year later she was promoted to CFO of the DSM Pharmaceutical Products Business in New Jersey (USA). Prior to these appointments she was responsible for Group Controlling at Immofinanz and worked as Head of Investor Relations at Austrian Airlines Group and Head of a Business Unit of the Austrian Post. After her Master Degree from the University of Economics of Vienna she joined Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in 1998. For seven years she worked for large corporate customers in various industries across Europe and Southeast Asia focusing on strategy development, corporate restructuring and M&A. During this time she also completed her Ph.D in Business Administration. She currently holds a Board position at Allianz-Elementar Versicherungs-AG, Austria.
Ivan Walter, CEO Global Travel Distribution
Swiss, born 1974
Ivan Walter joined Kuoni Destination Management in 2001 as Head of FIT Europe (Fully Independent Traveller). In 2005 he was named Head of Kuoni Connect, Kuoni Groupʼs B2B accommodation distributor business. He was responsible for transforming the European Unit into a global organisation. When Kuoni acquired GTA in 2011, Ivan Walter was instrumental during the post-merger integration and held the role of SVP Commercial Development and later, SVP Sourcing and Product Development. As of April 2013 Ivan Walter led GTAʼs operation. In November 2014 he has been appointed Head of Global Travel Services Division on an ad-interim basis. And as of January 14 Ivan Walter is CEO of Global Travel Distribution (GTD) Division and was appointed on the Executive Board. He holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland.
Rolf Schafroth, CEO Global Travel Services
Swiss, born 1965
After graduating from the University of Applied Sciences (St. Gallen) with a degree in business economics, Rolf Schafroth joined Coopers & Lybrand and went on to serve as a management consultant in Switzerland and the UK. Later in his consulting career he moved to Deloitte & Touche, Switzerland, for a year before joining Kuoni Travel Switzerland as Head of Financial Controlling. And after just one year, in 1997, he was appointed to Head of Finance & IT for Kuoniʼs Strategic Business Unit Incoming Services. In 2003 he assumed overall responsibility for Incoming Europe, the biggest incoming unit of the Kuoni Group, and in 2006 he was named CEO of Destination Management, a new entity comprising all the Kuoni Groupʼs former incoming units. In 2007 he was appointed to the Group Executive Board as Head of the Strategic Business Division Destination Management. Following a restructuring of the Kuoni Group in 2009, Rolf Schafroth took over additional responsibility for the newly created division Procurement & Production for Kuoni Tour Operating, while remaining in charge of the Kuoni Destination Management Division. Following the acquisition of Gullivers Travel Associates (GTA) in May 2011 he was CEO Global Travel Services Division, which emerged from the integration of GTA and Kuoni Destination Management. Today to the GTS Division belong the business activities Group Travel and Destination Management Specialists. Furthermore, Rolf Schafroth is a Member of the Tourism Council Graubünden.