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Chapman Freeborn appoints Vice President of Passenger Sales for the Americas

Chapman Freeborn, the global air charter specialist and leading provider of aviation support solutions, and part of Avia Solutions Group, has appointed Kari Bigot as Vice President of Passenger Sales for the Americas.

Kari joins Chapman Freeborn with over 30 years of experience in the business travel industry bringing a diverse perspective, and depth of sales and marketing knowledge. She began her career with Northwestern Business Travel, and later managed ground transportation at Carlson Wagonlit Travel before joining Advantage Travel Management as Vice President Business Travel Solutions. In her most recent role Kari led the North America sales team in the execution of effective sales strategies as Vice President, Head of North American Sales for leading travel management company, ALTOUR.

“We are pleased to welcome Kari to the team as a key part of our ambitious growth plans in the US. She joins at an exciting time for the whole Chapman Freeborn team. Her experience and industry presence will be a great asset to our team as we continue to build upon our strong foundations and target new sectors,” said Nigel Parkinson, Chief Commercial Officer – Passenger Charter Solutions.

Kari is an active member in the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), serving as Program Manager working with the Strategic Advisory Board for WINiT and current President-Elect for the North Central Business Travel Association Chapter Board of Directors. Her accolades include the WINiT by GBTA Top 50 Women in Travel 2021, and the Global Business Travel Association Business Travel Professional Services Award in 2007. Her one minute interview series on LinkedIn received industry-wide acclaim.

Kari resides in Shakopee, MN in the summer and Tucson, AZ in the winter. She enjoys spending time with her husband traveling, golfing, and hunting with her three championship Labrador Retriever dogs.