If Gregory Lording has a feeling of déjà vu it is to be expected - he is back at the helm of Stage and Screen, a brand which he helped integrate into the Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) some 18 years ago.
Gregory started with the company back in 2000 and by 2002 was appointed Stage and Screen General Manager where he stayed until 2007 when he relocated to open the Stage and Screen office in Los Angeles. He was soon appointed President - Flight Centre Corporate Brands North America and Latin America and in 2010 took on the role of FCM Travel Solutions Global Leader, which he held for over six years. Now, after a period of much earned long service leave, Gregory is thrilled to return to where it all began as the head of Stage and Screen.
The first time Gregory was General Manager, Stage and Screen was quickly gaining a reputation as a formative player in a niche market. In the intervening years Tiz Galipo (whom he actually employed!) has very successfully taken the business to the next level. “I may be a little biased, but I think Stage and Screen is the best and most exciting brand in the FCTG,” said Gregory. “It offers the best of both worlds – travel combined with a creative and sporting focus. For me it’s also a wonderful fusion of travel and my long ago background in production at CBS TV in the USA”
“Stage and Screen is very much a service driven brand,” he said. “We understand the logistics and demands of our clients, and the expertise of our people and our innovative systems ensure we really are the strength behind the scenes. The brand is also built on trusted relationships, which is why many clients have been with us since the very beginning. Similarly, we have dedicated employees who have been with Stage and Screen for between 10 and 20 years which translates to experience that really makes the difference.”
Stage and Screen will continue to be a niche brand focusing solely on the creative and sporting industries, and Gregory is looking forward to holding the title of market leader. “I know Stage and Screen through and through, and with my global experience across multiple brands, I hope to bring a unique perspective to the business,” said Gregory. “And while a lot has changed since I’ve been gone, other things haven’t. Our customers are still – and always will be – our number one priority.”