Executive Team

Grant Webster

Chief Executive Officer

Grant joined thl in 2005 in a Chief Operating Officer role and was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer in December 2008. Grant is also currently Chairman of the Board of the New Zealand industry organisation, TIA (Tourism Industry Aotearoa). Grant is Chairman of the joint venture businesses Action Manufacturing and Just go Motorhomes; he is also a Director of digital business, Roadtrippers, in the USA, which operates the largest current online trip planning tool in the USA.

Grant’s background includes senior executive roles across the tourism, hospitality, gaming and retail industries where he held director and general management roles within the retail sector before moving into tourism. Prior to joining thl Grant was a General Manager at SKYCITY Auckland. Grant holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Victoria University and has completed executive studies at the Insead Advanced Management Programme in Fontainebleau, and Monash University, Melbourne Australia.

Jo Allison

Chief Operating Officer

Joining thl in December 2015, Jo leads all current business operations and revenue lines, ensuring the development and delivery of the strategic business & operations plans; and being accountable for the customer experience. Jo was previously Chief Operating Officer of Spark Digital’s (formerly Gen-i) services division, was Acting CEO of Gen-i and held numerous marketing, operations and strategy leadership positions within the Spark Group (formerly Telecom) over an 18-year period. Jo left Telecom briefly in the late 1990s to gain experience overseas and was responsible for business customer services at Telewest plc (now Virgin Media) in London for four years. Jo plays an active role in mentoring young women; she was one of 16 New Zealand participants in the 2011 Global Women in Leadership programme. She is also a director of Kiwi Expat Association New Zealand (KEA). Jo holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) in Economics and Psychology from the University of Auckland.

Keith Chilek

Chief Technology Officer

Joining thl in August 2014, Keith is responsible for the technology direction, product development and creating a best in class online user experience for thl customers. Keith spent the previous 12 years in the USA building consumer facing products in the education space, holding various positions ranging from Co-founding partner to Senior Vice President of Engineering. Keith holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Information and Operations Management from Texas A&M University.

Dave Simmons

COO – New Business Development

Dave joined thl in July 2015 as Chief Operating Officer – New Business Development. This role sees Dave leading the development of Mighway – thl's new global peer-to-peer travel services proposition. Prior to joining thl, Dave held senior leadership roles with Air New Zealand and Les Mills International. He spent 14 years offshore, working in the travel and tourism industry for both large corporates and entrepreneurial start-ups. Dave holds a Masters of Commerce from Otago University.