Helloworld scraps CMO role

Travel retailer confirms departure of chief marketing officer, Kim Portrate, following internal review

Helloworld has confirmed its decision to scrap the chief marketing officer role within its business, a decision that has seen Kim Portrate leave the travel retailer.

In a statement, Helloworld managing director and CEO, Andrew Burnes, confirmed Portrate had left the company last Friday following an internal review.

Kim Portrate
Kim Portrate


“As part of the review into our operations and structures, I have made the decision to have the marketing team report directly into the retail division and as a result, the role of chief marketing officer has been removed,” he said. This sees marketing report directly to Julie Primmer.

Portrate joined Helloworld in July 2013 after spending five years at Tourism Australia and was charged with managing the group’s brand and customer service transformation. The mammoth task involved consolidating five 40-year-old legacy travel brands, as well as managing hundreds of supplier and SMB franchise relationships.

Portrate was also the executive sponsor and project leader for a program of work to create Helloworld’s first unified CRM system, out of 18 separate legacy systems, 450 databases and five technology platforms.

“Kim has been a major contributor to the brand transformation and a valued part of our executive team and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kim for the hard work and commitment she has shown in working for Helloworld,” Burnes said.

Burnes also highlighted two other departures over the past two weeks, including general counsel and company secretary, Stephanie Belton, and general manager of corporate development, Andrea Slark. In addition, Helloworld’s CFO, Jenny Macdonald, is leaving the organisation at the end of April after an 18-month stint following its complete integration with AOT group.

Helloworld posted its half-year results for the six months to 31 December 2015 this week, reporting total transaction values of $2.43 billion, a rise of 5.4 per cent year-on-year. The group also reported revenue of $139m, down 0.4 per cent, and an EBITDA of $8.1 million, a drop of 3.2 per cent.

Kim Portrate was named one of CMO’s 50 most innovative marketers for 2015. You can find her full profile here.


Follow CMO on Twitter: @CMOAustralia, take part in the CMO conversation on LinkedIn: CMO ANZ, join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CMOAustralia, or check us out on Google+: google.com/+CmoAu

Join the CMO newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Supporting Association

Blog Posts

Is AI on course to take over human creativity?

Computers and artificial intelligence have come along at an exponential rate over the past few decades, from being regarded as oversized adding machines to the point where they have played integral roles in some legitimately creative endeavours.

Jason Dooris

CEO and founder, Atomic 212

Are you leading technology changes or is technology leading you?

In a recent conversation with a chief technology officer, he asserted all digital technology changes in his organisation were being led by IT and not by marketing. It made me wonder: How long a marketing function like this could survive?

Jean-Luc Ambrosi

Author, marketer

Disruption Down Under – What’s Amazon’s real competitive advantage?

Savvy shoppers wait in anticipation, while Australian retailers are gearing up for the onslaught. Amazon’s arrival is imminent.

Thanks for picking this up. We are always happy to add richness to our products and in turn the lives of our followers and fans.

Fitbit Middle East

​Fitbit announces new virtual race platform to enhance customer experience

Read more

Thanks for a very interesting article. B2B marketing seems tricky. I think that marketing plays a vital part - it can build the brand and...

Aaren

From tactical overhead to strategic growth driver: B2B marketing in the digital age

Read more

meanwhile loads of people with digital skills are not finding work or getting an opportunity to be hired?? Double standards perhaps.

Graduate dying on centrelink

Report reveals Australia faces digital skills shortage

Read more

These laws are in one way or other giving businesses to VPN service providers & other cyber utilities. Just read PureVPN claiming 37%...

Paige Hudson

Getting prepared for mandatory data breach reporting

Read more

Great Post.Thanks for sharing such an informative article.I have worked with Ally Digital Media and it has a very good service which is b...

Utkarsh Kansara

Predictions: 17 digital marketing trends for 2017

Read more

Latest Podcast

More podcasts

Sign in