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Ian-Michael Farkas

New Director of Technology & Innovation

February 21st, 2024 10:30am

Ultimate Jet Vacations (UJV) is delighted to announce the appointment of Ian-Michael Farkas as its new Director of Technology & Innovation. With over 15 years of experience in the travel and technology sectors, Ian-Michael is poised to propel UJV into a new era of digital innovation and market leadership.

Ian-Michael’s illustrious career includes significant collaborations with renowned hospitality brands such as Hilton, IHG, Accor, Virgin, and the Dorchester Collection, among others. He is passionate about driving the future of the travel and hospitality industry. His expertise encompasses a deep understanding of Software as a Service (SaaS), IT infrastructure, and AI solutions, seamlessly integrating these with advanced strategy, sales, and leadership skills.

In his new role at UJV, Ian-Michael will focus on enhancing technology and innovation, specifically in the development of intellectual property and the application of AI to elevate the travel advisor and booking experience. His leadership will see the integration of emerging technologies to improve customer and partner interactions, including customer experience enhancements, automation, and fintech solutions. These efforts aim to boost productivity and enable travel advisors to deliver high-touch, personalized services.

Ian-Michael’s vision for UJV includes a holistic and comprehensive strategy across four pillars: digital transformation, product innovation, market expansion, and purpose initiatives. His approach is designed to support UJV’s remarkable growth trajectory, with a focus on improving traveler experiences, delivering greater value to advisors and hotel partners, and building high-margin, tech-driven solutions.

“I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to UJV’s growth and to work with an exceptional team during this pivotal time in the travel industry,” said Ian-Michael. “I look forward to being part of UJV’s journey and driving innovation at the intersection of travel and technology.”

UJV’s leadership team has expressed enthusiastic support for Ian-Michael’s appointment. CEO Steven Kadoch highlighted Ian-Michael’s expertise, passion, and industry connections as key factors that energize the team and align with UJV’s culture and aspirations for growth. 

COO Fabrizio De Simone praised Ian-Michael’s strategic thought, industry connections, and positive impact on the team, expressing excitement for the innovative ideas he brings to the table:

“Excited about UJV having the opportunity of bringing in someone as talented, well-connected, and visionary as Ian-Michael. His deep industry roots, strategic thought, and people skills are already showing their effects as his interactions with all sides of the business have created a positive impact on the team. He is one of the most impressive tech minds I’ve had the pleasure of working with and I’m looking forward to seeing his ideas play out.