Remembering Philip Wolf – WIT

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

Deep Kalra, co-founder, MakeMyTrip
“Philip was a perfectionist in all facets of his daily life and had an everlasting impact on everybody he interacted with. It was my privilege to be closely related with him for more than 20 years and I simply cannot thank him sufficient for all the assistance and heat he gave as a Board member, advisor and close friend. My deepest condolences to Carol, Clayelle and Graham and I will generally keep in mind Philip fondly, the way I know he’d want it.”

Fritz Demopoulos, co-founder, Qunar
“Nobody beloved getting the industry chief as a lot as Philip. He was generally in his ingredient providing his once-a-year monologue, and a monologue it certainly was!  Admirably, Philip constantly brought his relatives alongside. In fact, I met Philip’s daughter before I achieved him. The very first time Philip and I achieved was similarly memorable. I was at a person of those people quintessential, about-the-major PCW cocktail parties in Florida. Philip of study course was holding courtroom, shaking fingers, laughing … he looked more than, did a double-take and questioned, “How’s China?”  That’s how we met. And of study course, he was normally generous with compliments in his own, loud and in-your-encounter way. Immediately soon after I moderated a panel at WIT, he questioned, “So what are you performing, instructing a masterclass on interviewing?”  Well, it was definitely Philip who was the grasp … marketplace chief, entrepreneur and father.”

Timothy Hughes, vice president, corporate growth, Agoda
“Philip was an entrepreneur, an entertainer, an educator and an executive with out peer.  He was a person of the number of constants in my ever-shifting vocation in journey. And while he was 1 of the industry’s excellent written content creators and facilitators, his number a person talent, his mojo, was the skill to create a space and area the place networking magic could take place. He designed the home exactly where promotions got finished. I miss out on him. He manufactured the area excitement. Palpably. Vale Philip.”

Rod Cuthbert, founder, Viator
“Philip and his meeting were being instrumental in Viator’s accomplishment. He saw previously than others that the excursions and routines sector would develop to become an significant element of the market, and gave us a platform from which we could spread that information. Just about every essential partnership we created we manufactured at his convention. In addition to that, he gave us important advice at instances when we had been stumbling. Viator’s good results is a tribute to him. On a private degree he was a wonderful close friend and a very good listener he remembered items we’d reviewed several years back, and would always ask about the folks in my life. I miss out on him already.”’

Lorraine Sileo, Phocuswright
“Philip was a excellent communicator, with a hunger for excellence and a no holds barred angle, who helped form a lot of life in and out of the vacation sector. Several professions ended up born from Philip’s vision 25+ many years ago to launch PhoCusWright, and lots of good business choices have been designed with his assistance throughout his stellar tenure. Philip taught us by his words and actions to just do the appropriate matter, go with your gut, try for perfection, and make your move. For all those fortunate enough to be his friend, Philip generously shared all his joys and passions, so that you, way too, could relish in all that was good. He was by no means 1 to wallow simply because there was no time to waste when arranging the future massive factor, or most likely just making the most of the wind off the h2o.”

Timothy O’Neil-Dunne, principal, 777 Associates
“I 1st fulfilled Philip in 1986 at Travelmation, we experienced a wide variety of diverse relationships because then. Philip had great talent in knowledge how to carry a diploma of showmanship in an astute manner to the early enhancement of the digital age in Travel. He comprehended how to discuss for this then voiceless element of the larger market to the trader community.”

Maggie Rauch, investigation direct, transportation hospitality and products and services, Deloitte Consumer Industry Center
“Philip was a consistent tutorial in the course of the several years I experienced the honour of programming the convention he experienced designed. I acquired promptly that if I requested him for suggestions, I’d far better be ready for an instant reaction that would obstacle me and support me expand. His motivation to excellence, his servant management, and his capability to love the instant whilst usually preserving an eye on what was coming close to the bend – he instilled those matters in everyone at Phocuswright. A showman who labored even more challenging when the lights went down. An icon as invested in his quite a few proteges’ good results as his individual. My mentor, and the mentor of my mentors. He managed to get to deeply into so numerous life. I will skip him and toast him and perform to make him proud for lots of years to come.”

Amit Saberwal, CEO & co-founder, RedDoorz
“The industry not only misplaced a genius but I have dropped a real mate and supporter. When I moved on from MakeMyTrip to start off RedDoorz he didn’t wait for a second to be a part of our board and was a guiding power in building our business bringing in a special and certainly global perspective! RIP Philip Wolf, you would be poorly missed and your influence that has impacted hundreds of lives simply cannot be neglected. Your legacy life on in our hearts and minds and I will genuinely overlook you.”

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