South African Airways appoints new Director of Sales Development

South African Airways (SAA), the national flag carrier of South Africa announces the appointment of Mr. Umar Chaudhry as Director, Sales Development for the Western Region of the United States, effective July 22, 2019. Umar brings to South African Airways over 10 years of experience in sales and leadership in the airline industry. He will be based in Los Angeles, CA and will report to Marlene Sanau, Vice President, Sales – North America.

As director of sales development, Umar will be responsible for the airline’s business development and passenger sales that are generated through national and regional travel management companies, retail travel agency, travel consortiums, corporate, tour operator and consolidator accounts for the western region of the United States. His sales region of responsibility will include; Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington.

“Umar joins us with extensive experience in business development and will bring great value to increasing SAA’s position in this region,” said Marlene Sanau, vice president of sales for South African Airways in North America. “His wealth of knowledge and experience within the airline industry will further enhance SAA’s partnerships with our key travel industry partners in the market.”

Prior to joining SAA, Umar served in sales management positions with Turkish Airlines in Los Angeles, CA, where he was responsible for strategic business development and sales planning to increase market presence. He has a vast background within the airline industry having held several positions with Turkish Airlines including; sales, marketing and various operational assignments.