CWT Management Switzerland


Peter Ashworth

Senior Vice President Central and Eastern Europe

Peter Ashworth, born in 1967, is a Dutch citizen with South African roots. He began his professional career in 1985 at Wagonlit Travel, the forerunner of CWT. He then worked at Maduro Travel/Indigo Tours, before joining CWT in 1998 as Branch Manager in the Netherlands. Since this time, he has held various positions in the Traveler Services division. His responsibilities extended first to the Netherlands, followed by the Benelux countries and Northern Europe. In 2010, Peter Ashworth assumed the position of Vice President Traveler Services EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). During this time he has led and contributed to multiple strategic developments. In late October 2013, he was appointed Senior Vice President Central and Eastern Europe, taking on leadership in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as the Eastern European CWT countries.

Katharina Turlo

Senior Director Program Management Central Europe

Katharina Turlo, born 1969, first did a commercial apprenticeship and then embarked on a career in the travel industry in 1988, at Danzas Voyages SA in Geneva. Her last post there was as Business Travel Consultant, before joining Carlson Wagonlit Travel in 1993. Ms. Turlo, a Swiss national, started out as a Leisure Travel Consultant and went on to become Implant Supervisor and Branch Manager, based in Geneva. During this time she also took courses culminating in Swiss certification as a travel agency specialist. In 2002 she joined the sales team as Key Account Manager, and in January 2009 became Director Sales Switzerland and a member of the Leadership Team. In November 2012 Ms. Turlo took on the role of General Manager Austria, responsible for the overall business of CWT Austria. Since July 2017 Katharina Turlo has been Senior Director Program Management Central Europe with responsibility for customer care. She is also part of the Management Team.

Jannis Charalampidis

Director Traveler Services Switzerland

Jannis Charalampidis (born 1967 in Greece) launched his professional career in 1989 as a travel consultant at an agency for leisure and business travel. After several years as Branch Manager at Helvetic Tours, he joined CWT in 2001 as Branch Manager at the newly opened On-Site in Baden.

From 2004 Jannis was Branch Manager of the FSC Zurich and became Area Manager TTS in 2008. Since September 2012 he has been Director Traveler Services Switzerland. In this role, he is in charge of the disciplinary and operational management of the CWT agencies in Switzerland and a member of the Swiss Leadership Team.

Sandra Kuch

Marketing Director Messaging & Content, EMEA

Sandra Kuch (born 1975) began her professional career as a travel agent apprentice at Lufthansa City Center in 1994. In 2002 she received her degree as Diplom-Betriebswirtin (degree in business) with a major in transport/tourism from the University of Applied Sciences in Worms. After completing her thesis while working as a student assistant at Carlson Wagonlit Travel, she took up a post in Marketing & Business Support and in 2004 became Manager Marketing & Communications Central & Eastern Europe. As of January 2008 she then became director of the department, also acting as its representative on the German Leadership Team starting in January 2012. After the restructuring of the country zones, Ms. Kuch was named Director Marketing & Communications Germany & Austria in January 2012. In April 2014, Switzerland was also added to her responsibilities. In her position, Sandra Kuch is heading the Marketing & Communications team and responsible for the implementation of strategic and operational marketing goals. She is also in charge of internal and external corporate communications as well as public relations.

Frédéric Gochard

Director Finance Switzerland

Frédéric Gochard (born 1968) began his professional career in 1993 at Ernst & Young in Paris, where he worked for three years as an external auditor. In April 1996 he joined Carlson Wagonlit Travel as Internal Auditor at our Paris headquarters. He took part in several in-house audits in Europe, the USA and the Asian-Pacific zone. In October 1998 he was transferred to Carlson Wagonlit Travel NORAM in our Minneapolis offices to lead the former Carlson Wagonlit Travel Internal Audit Team in the USA and Canada. In August 1999 he became Project Manager within Carlson Wagonlit Travel USA Finance. Frédéric Gochard returned to Europe in December 2000 as CWT Switzerland Chief Financial Officer (CFO). In October 2014 he was promoted to the position of Chief Financial Officer, Switzerland and Eastern Europe, extending his scope to our Eastern Europe markets. Based in Nyon, Switzerland, Frédéric is a member of the Swiss and Eastern Europe Leadership Teams.

Sabine Spengler

Director Sales Switzerland

Sabine Spengler (born 1968 in Germany) started her career in 1994 after earning a degree as Bachelor in Tourism and Marketing. She held various leadership positions for American Express, HRG and Barclaycard before joining CWT as Multinational Sales Manager in 2008. In January 2011 she took on the position of Global Sales Director EMEA, and since January 2013 she has been Director Sales Switzerland. She is responsible for all sales activities at CWT Switzerland and is a member of the Swiss Leadership Team.