Meet the Kiwi Experts, the Collection’s Globe-Trotting Gurus

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

We’re pleased to introduce the Kiwi Experts—our globetrotting group of serious hotel experts.

This is the well-traveled bunch of buffs who curate and rate our colorful, epicurean hotel collection. Whether you’re looking for the best place to make a business deal, the most romantic destination for a rendezvous, or a property that can handle both parents and tots—these know-it-alls know all the spectacular spots (and they’re full of other travel tips too, which they’ll be sharing on the blog and Twitter!)

Now let’s meet some of the magnificent 10. Read on below for the briefer debrief of our key Kiwi Experts, then click through to for a more in-depth introduction of all our gurus (including their fave places to stay).

Philippe Kjellgren: Fearless leader (a.k.a President and CEO) and former fashion entrepreneur. He visited over 100 countries before he was 25. Now he splits his time between NY, London and Vancouver while running Kiwi.

Jean Marie Healy: Our Chief Marketing Officer is a lifelong New Yorker. She’s based both there and in London but also has a penchant for Paris. Before coming aboard Kiwi, she ran many of American Express’ Platinum and Centurion travel benefits, including the Fine Hotels & Resorts program, among others.

Bradley Cocks: Based in Sydney, Australia, he’s the lead curator for the Asia Pacific region and SVP Business Development. This ever-adventurer with exquisite taste (his wife is celebrated designer Collette Dinnigan) has logged many air miles and passport stamps while feeding his passion for surfing and environmental advocacy.

Carrie Harrison-Ell: Senior Vice President of Hotel Programs, this mother of three is an expert on family travel. In addition to her little ones, she adores romantic trips to Siena, wine and cheese pairings and everything about the Mayan Riviera.

Brian Mumby: After a successful career in construction, our EVP and Zoomer Kiwi Expert (short for “Zooming Boomer”) was looking forward to traveling the world as a leisurely retiree. But then he met Philippe, shared his vision for Kiwi Collection, and has been hard at work building the collection at jet speed ever since.

Daniel Szelenyi: Fluent in five languages, and a slew of hobbies (reading, writing, riding horses, cooking, skiing, surfing, fencing or diving), he’s our Vice President of Hotel Relations for the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions.

Rene Vosslamber: An avid long distance runner, he’s worked developing custom content for the likes of the Hong Kong Financial, Business Week and Fortune. He now fills the post of VP Hotel Programs and Kiwi Expert for Asia Pacific and South East Asia. 

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