The people behind Wings Travel Management

Meet our senior team:

TONY SOFIANOS

Chief Executive Officer

NOEL PRENDERGAST

Chief Financial Officer

FRANK PALAPIES

Chief Operating Officer –
Africa, Middle East & South America

PAUL EAST

Chief Operating Officer –
UK, Europe & USA

NICOLE LIANG

Vice President Asia Pacific

Tony Sofianos – Chief Executive Officer
Tony Sofianos co-founded the company in 1992 and has been the driving force behind Wings Travel Management’s dynamic global expansion over the last 26 years. He is also Wings’ Group CEO and Advisory Board Member. Thanks to Tony’s passionate and visionary leadership, Wings has grown from humble beginnings with one small office and two staff in Johannesburg, to become a global niche provider of business travel and support services, now headquartered in London; with wholly owned and managed operations in North America, South America, UK/Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific. His unique vision coupled with his determination has ensured that Wings is positioned as experts in managing complex bespoke travel and support services for clients around the globe where people logistics is a critical part of their business model, particularly in the energy, marine, security, specialist finance, legal and engineering industries. Tony holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of South Africa and a cost and management diploma, as well as a number of MBA course qualifications from institutions such as Chicago Booth University.

 

Paul East – Chief Operating Officer – UK, Europe & USA
Paul East joined Wings in 2010 as Chief Operating Officer, UK, Europe & USA. His extensive career in business travel spans over two decades in senior management roles within leading global travel management companies, including General Manager at FCM Travel Solutions UK. Based at Wings’ head office in London, Paul also plays a key role in the commercial growth of the company’s wholly owned operations in the UK, Europe & North America.

 

Frank Palapies – Chief Operating Officer – Africa, Middle East & South America
Frank Palapies joined Wings in 2014 as Chief Operating Officer/Commerce for Africa, Middle East and South America, based in Johannesburg. Frank has over 20 years’ experience within the global hospitality, airline, travel procurement and technology sectors. His career includes ten years with Amadeus IT Group from 2000 to 2010 where he held senior positions as head of global commercial operations in Sophia Antipolis (Nice) and general manager southern Africa. Frank is responsible for Wings’ day-to-day operations in his regions, as well as business development internationally.

 

Noel Prendergast – Chief Financial Officer
Noel Prendergast joined Wings in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer bringing more than 15 years professional experience to the company, primarily in the corporate finance and financial services sectors. His career includes a senior role in corporate finance for seven years at PricewaterhouseCoopers SA and five years as an executive at listed financial services group, Clientele Limited. Noel is currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa although travels extensively to all regions, he is responsible for all aspects of the Wings Group’s financial management, planning and reporting and has played a pivotal role in the Group’s recent acquisitions. He also sits on the Wings Group’s Advisory Board and the audit and risk committee.

 

Nicole Liang – Vice President Asia Pacific
Nicole has 27 years’ corporate travel experience in the Asia Pacific market, with specific strengths in the energy and marine sectors. Before joining Wings, Nicole spent four years as Director of Operations SEA at FCM Travel Solutions where she founded the TMC’s marine and energy brand and grew the business from a zero base to over S$30m revenue. She also received six Flight Centre Travel Group global awards for four consecutive years from 2012. Nicole holds an MBA from Anglia Ruskin University.

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