The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has appointed Dr Terry Shaller as Acting Executive Director.
Mark van der Hulst, Chairman of IAATO’s Executive Committee, said: “Terry will lead the secretariat and work with the executive committee to further IAATO’s mission to advocate and promote safe, environmentally responsible private-sector travel to Antarctica.”
Schaller, formerly Vice President; Development at Ponant Cultural Cruises and Expeditions will began his new role on 1st July, and is based at IAATO’s headquarters in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
In accordance with the decisions made at this year’s annual meeting in Cape Town, he will lead the secretariat and work with the executive committee and the special advisory board to create a new IAATO Strategic Plan, including the recruitment and hiring of a new executive director and secretariat staff.
“Terry will oversee management protocols and standard operating procedures for IAATO business and oversee the installation of a new database with functionalities that support the day-to-day operations of the organization and enable sophisticated data analysis to inform future decisions,” said van der Hulst.
Schaller said: “I am delighted to have this opportunity to help shape the future of an organization I have come to love, and excited to get on with the work of meeting the challenges we face.”
He succeeds Dr. Damon Stanwell-Smith, who steps down on June 30 to pursue other opportunities.