November 28, 2021

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Remembering Philip Wolf – WIT

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A collection of tributes from some of our buddies at the intersection of Phocuswright and WiT

Deep Kalra, co-founder, MakeMyTrip
“Philip was a perfectionist in all factors of his everyday living and had an eternal influence on every person he interacted with. It was my privilege to be carefully linked with him for in excess of 20 yrs and I just cannot thank him sufficient for all the advice and heat he gave as a Board member, advisor and mate. My deepest condolences to Carol, Clayelle and Graham and I will always remember Philip fondly, the way I know he’d want it.”

Fritz Demopoulos, co-founder, Qunar
“Nobody cherished currently being the market chief as a great deal as Philip. He was always in his factor supplying his once-a-year monologue, and a monologue it actually was!  Admirably, Philip often introduced his family together. In reality, I met Philip’s daughter ahead of I met him. The first time Philip and I fulfilled was equally unforgettable. I was at one particular of those people quintessential, around-the-major PCW cocktail events in Florida. Philip of program was holding court docket, shaking fingers, laughing … he looked over, did a double-choose and requested, “How’s China?”  That’s how we satisfied. And of system, he was normally generous with compliments in his possess, loud and in-your-face way. Immediately just after I moderated a panel at WIT, he requested, “So what are you carrying out, educating a masterclass on interviewing?”  Well, it was truly Philip who was the learn … sector leader, entrepreneur and father.”

Timothy Hughes, vice president, corporate progress, Agoda
“Philip was an entrepreneur, an entertainer, an educator and an executive without having peer.  He was one of the couple constants in my ever-modifying occupation in vacation. And even though he was just one of the industry’s good material creators and facilitators, his variety a person talent, his mojo, was the capacity to develop a home and room exactly where networking magic could materialize. He designed the place where deals obtained done. I pass up him. He created the area buzz. Palpably. Vale Philip.”

Rod Cuthbert, founder, Viator
“Philip and his convention were being instrumental in Viator’s achievements. He noticed before than other people that the excursions and activities sector would grow to turn out to be an essential aspect of the marketplace, and gave us a system from which we could unfold that message. Each individual critical partnership we designed we made at his convention. Besides that, he gave us crucial guidance at occasions when we were stumbling. Viator’s achievements is a tribute to him. On a own level he was a wonderful close friend and a good listener he remembered items we’d mentioned many years ago, and would constantly inquire about the persons in my lifetime. I overlook him already.”’

Lorraine Sileo, Phocuswright
“Philip was a fantastic communicator, with a starvation for excellence and a no holds barred mindset, who assisted shape many lives in and out of the vacation sector. Several careers have been born from Philip’s eyesight 25+ yrs in the past to launch PhoCusWright, and a lot of smart business conclusions have been designed with his guidance for the duration of his stellar tenure. Philip taught us by his text and actions to just do the ideal issue, go with your gut, attempt for perfection, and make your shift. For individuals lucky more than enough to be his close friend, Philip generously shared all his joys and passions, so that you, way too, could relish in all that was great. He was under no circumstances just one to wallow simply because there was no time to squander when planning the up coming large issue, or most likely just experiencing the wind off the h2o.”

Timothy O’Neil-Dunne, principal, 777 Partners
“I initial satisfied Philip in 1986 at Travelmation, we had a assortment of various associations considering that then. Philip experienced good skill in comprehending how to provide a degree of showmanship in an astute vogue to the early enhancement of the electronic age in Vacation. He recognized how to converse for this then voiceless part of the larger sized field to the investor neighborhood.”

Maggie Rauch, analysis lead, transportation hospitality and expert services, Deloitte Shopper Sector Centre
“Philip was a consistent guideline through the many years I had the honour of programming the convention he experienced made. I discovered rapidly that if I questioned him for advice, I’d improved be all set for an rapid reaction that would challenge me and assist me mature. His motivation to excellence, his servant management, and his capability to get pleasure from the instant though generally keeping an eye on what was coming all around the bend – he instilled these points in anyone at Phocuswright. A showman who worked even more challenging when the lights went down. An icon as invested in his several proteges’ achievement as his very own. My mentor, and the mentor of my mentors. He managed to access deeply into so numerous life. I will miss him and toast him and work to make him very pleased for many many years to arrive.”

Amit Saberwal, CEO & co-founder, RedDoorz
“The sector not only misplaced a genius but I have dropped a real friend and supporter. When I moved on from MakeMyTrip to commence RedDoorz he did not wait for a 2nd to sign up for our board and was a guiding drive in setting up our firm bringing in a exceptional and truly intercontinental viewpoint! RIP Philip Wolf, you would be terribly skipped and your effects that has impacted hundreds of lives simply cannot be neglected. Your legacy lives on in our hearts and minds and I will seriously skip you.”

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