Former StarCite Exec Named Landry & Kling COO

Cruise meeting and incentive specialist Landry & Kling has appointed Mark Phillips to the new position of chief operating officer, it announced last week.

A founding team member at meetings technology company StarCite, where he most recently was managing director and vice president of international markets, Phillips has been charged with helping Landry & Kling deepen its penetration of the global MICE market and increasing usage of Seasite.com, its new online cruise portal for meeting and event planners.

"Mark's track record with StarCite paves the way for Seasite's strategic relationships with travel professionals around the world who want to add cruise venues to their portfolio to reap the benefits and ROI of the underutilized cruise sector," Seasite.com CEO Jo Kling said in a statement.

Added Landry & Kling CEO Joyce Landry, "His global sales and operations know-how will be a tremendous benefit to our company. And, since leaving StarCite, Mark has been consulting with Financial Times 1000 companies on initiatives to improve operational efficiencies and global reach. This exposure has multiplied the assets he brings to Landry & Kling.

As COO, Mark will assume day-to-day oversight of both Landry & Kling and Seasite.com, including business development, marketing, strategic partnerships and all operations, enabling owners Kling and Landry to focus on strategic growth initiatives, key relationships and product development.