July 23, 2024

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Remembering Philip Wolf – WIT

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

Deep Kalra, co-founder, MakeMyTrip
“Philip was a perfectionist in all features of his existence and experienced an everlasting affect on anyone he interacted with. It was my privilege to be closely involved with him for above 20 several years and I can not thank him sufficient for all the direction and warmth he gave as a Board member, advisor and good friend. My deepest condolences to Carol, Clayelle and Graham and I will often don’t forget Philip fondly, the way I know he’d want it.”

Fritz Demopoulos, co-founder, Qunar
“Nobody beloved remaining the industry chief as a great deal as Philip. He was always in his element providing his annual monologue, and a monologue it really was!  Admirably, Philip often brought his household along. In truth, I met Philip’s daughter right before I achieved him. The to start with time Philip and I satisfied was similarly memorable. I was at a single of those people quintessential, above-the-best PCW cocktail get-togethers in Florida. Philip of class was keeping courtroom, shaking palms, laughing … he seemed more than, did a double-acquire and requested, “How’s China?”  That’s how we fulfilled. And of class, he was generally generous with compliments in his have, loud and in-your-deal with way. Immediately following I moderated a panel at WIT, he asked, “So what are you doing, training a masterclass on interviewing?”  Well, it was seriously Philip who was the master … industry leader, entrepreneur and father.”

Timothy Hughes, vice president, corporate growth, Agoda
“Philip was an entrepreneur, an entertainer, an educator and an executive devoid of peer.  He was one particular of the couple constants in my ever-changing career in journey. And although he was a person of the industry’s wonderful information creators and facilitators, his variety one ability, his mojo, was the means to create a room and room exactly where networking magic could occur. He established the area exactly where bargains got done. I miss him. He made the room buzz. Palpably. Vale Philip.”

Rod Cuthbert, founder, Viator
“Philip and his convention were instrumental in Viator’s good results. He noticed earlier than some others that the tours and functions sector would develop to become an critical element of the marketplace, and gave us a system from which we could spread that information. Every single significant partnership we built we made at his conference. Other than that, he gave us vital advice at times when we have been stumbling. Viator’s success is a tribute to him. On a own degree he was a excellent buddy and a fantastic listener he remembered things we’d talked over decades in the past, and would constantly inquire about the individuals in my everyday living. I skip him presently.”’

Lorraine Sileo, Phocuswright
“Philip was a amazing communicator, with a starvation for excellence and a no retains barred perspective, who aided condition quite a few life in and out of the journey business. Numerous occupations were being born from Philip’s eyesight 25+ several years in the past to start PhoCusWright, and a lot of clever small business selections have been created with his steering throughout his stellar tenure. Philip taught us by his text and steps to just do the suitable factor, go with your intestine, try for perfection, and make your go. For these fortunate adequate to be his mate, Philip generously shared all his joys and passions, so that you, also, could relish in all that was excellent. He was by no means one particular to wallow mainly because there was no time to waste when setting up the future significant matter, or perhaps just savoring the wind off the h2o.”

Timothy O’Neil-Dunne, principal, 777 Associates
“I 1st achieved Philip in 1986 at Travelmation, we had a wide range of distinct associations due to the fact then. Philip had fantastic ability in knowledge how to bring a diploma of showmanship in an astute trend to the early growth of the digital age in Journey. He comprehended how to speak for this then voiceless part of the bigger marketplace to the investor neighborhood.”

Maggie Rauch, investigation lead, transportation hospitality and products and services, Deloitte Client Market Centre
“Philip was a constant manual all through the decades I experienced the honour of programming the conference he experienced established. I uncovered speedily that if I requested him for guidance, I’d greater be ready for an speedy response that would problem me and aid me mature. His commitment to excellence, his servant management, and his capacity to appreciate the instant even though constantly retaining an eye on what was coming all over the bend – he instilled those factors in every person at Phocuswright. A showman who labored even more durable when the lights went down. An icon as invested in his quite a few proteges’ success as his possess. My mentor, and the mentor of my mentors. He managed to get to deeply into so a lot of lives. I will miss out on him and toast him and do the job to make him happy for numerous a long time to occur.”

Amit Saberwal, CEO & co-founder, RedDoorz
“The industry not only misplaced a genius but I have misplaced a real friend and supporter. When I moved on from MakeMyTrip to start out RedDoorz he did not hesitate for a 2nd to join our board and was a guiding pressure in developing our corporation bringing in a one of a kind and truly worldwide viewpoint! RIP Philip Wolf, you would be badly skipped and your effects that has impacted hundreds of life cannot be overlooked. Your legacy life on in our hearts and minds and I will truly overlook you.”