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 aspects of his existence and experienced an eternal influence on everybody he interacted with. It was my privilege to be carefully related with him for above 20 years and I can not thank him more than enough for all the steerage and heat he gave as a Board member, advisor and pal. My deepest condolences to Carol, Clayelle and Graham and I will often bear in mind Philip fondly, the way I know he’d want it.”

Fritz Demopoulos, co-founder, Qunar
“Nobody loved staying the sector chief as much as Philip. He was always in his component giving his yearly monologue, and a monologue it definitely was!  Admirably, Philip often introduced his relatives alongside. In simple fact, I met Philip’s daughter in advance of I achieved him. The very first time Philip and I met was similarly unforgettable. I was at just one of individuals quintessential, over-the-best PCW cocktail functions in Florida. Philip of program was keeping court, shaking palms, laughing … he appeared more than, did a double-acquire and asked, “How’s China?”  That’s how we achieved. And of program, he was constantly generous with compliments in his have, loud and in-your-facial area way. Immediately following I moderated a panel at WIT, he questioned, “So what are you performing, instructing a masterclass on interviewing?”  Well, it was truly Philip who was the learn … sector leader, entrepreneur and father.”

Timothy Hughes, vice president, corporate enhancement, Agoda
“Philip was an entrepreneur, an entertainer, an educator and an executive without having peer.  He was just one of the few constants in my at any time-changing job in vacation. And though he was 1 of the industry’s great material creators and facilitators, his range one particular skill, his mojo, was the ability to make a space and room exactly where networking magic could materialize. He established the place exactly where bargains bought accomplished. I overlook him. He produced the space excitement. Palpably. Vale Philip.”

Rod Cuthbert, founder, Viator
“Philip and his meeting have been instrumental in Viator’s achievements. He saw before than other folks that the excursions and functions sector would expand to become an significant element of the marketplace, and gave us a system from which we could distribute that message. Just about every essential partnership we made we designed at his convention. In addition to that, he gave us crucial advice at moments when we were being stumbling. Viator’s achievements is a tribute to him. On a individual level he was a fantastic buddy and a fantastic listener he remembered things we’d mentioned several years ago, and would usually inquire about the men and women in my existence. I skip him already.”’

Lorraine Sileo, Phocuswright
“Philip was a brilliant communicator, with a starvation for excellence and a no retains barred angle, who aided condition lots of lives in and out of the journey field. Quite a few professions were being born from Philip’s vision 25+ several years back to start PhoCusWright, and numerous smart business selections have been created with his steerage throughout his stellar tenure. Philip taught us by his phrases and actions to just do the suitable detail, go with your gut, try for perfection, and make your move. For individuals blessed adequate to be his good friend, Philip generously shared all his joys and passions, so that you, much too, could relish in all that was fantastic. He was never one particular to wallow for the reason that there was no time to squander when organizing the upcoming major factor, or perhaps just taking pleasure in the wind off the drinking water.”

Timothy O’Neil-Dunne, principal, 777 Companions
“I to start with met Philip in 1986 at Travelmation, we had a range of diverse associations due to the fact then. Philip experienced terrific skill in comprehending how to provide a degree of showmanship in an astute style to the early advancement of the electronic age in Travel. He recognized how to speak for this then voiceless portion of the much larger marketplace to the trader community.”

Maggie Rauch, analysis direct, transportation hospitality and companies, Deloitte Consumer Marketplace Centre
“Philip was a regular guidebook all through the many years I had the honour of programming the meeting he had created. I uncovered rapidly that if I asked him for assistance, I’d better be prepared for an instant response that would obstacle me and support me mature. His commitment to excellence, his servant management, and his skill to appreciate the minute while often maintaining an eye on what was coming all over the bend – he instilled these issues in everyone at Phocuswright. A showman who labored even more durable when the lights went down. An icon as invested in his lots of proteges’ achievements as his own. My mentor, and the mentor of my mentors. He managed to achieve deeply into so lots of lives. I will miss out on him and toast him and work to make him proud for many several years to appear.”

Amit Saberwal, CEO & co-founder, RedDoorz
“The field not only shed a genius but I have misplaced a real close friend and supporter. When I moved on from MakeMyTrip to commence RedDoorz he did not be reluctant for a next to be a part of our board and was a guiding drive in constructing our business bringing in a distinctive and truly intercontinental standpoint! RIP Philip Wolf, you would be badly skipped and your affect that has impacted hundreds of life can not be neglected. Your legacy life on in our hearts and minds and I will really overlook you.”

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