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Jean-Claude Baumgarten and Gina Diez Barroso de Franklin appointed to Global Spa & Wellness Summit’s Board of Directors

Recent president and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and president and CEO of Mexican real estate development, education and media powerhouse, Grupo Diarq, will help steer fast-expanding industry organization.

NEW YORK – The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) announced that Jean-Claude Baumgarten, current chairman and CEO of CREWE Associates, and Gina Diez Barroso de Franklin, founder, president and CEO of Mexico City-based Grupo Diarq, have been named to its Board of Directors. Baumgarten, who recently led the WTTC for nearly a dozen years, is one of the world’s top tourism experts, and Diez Barroso de Franklin has helmed one of the most prestigious real estate development and design firms in Latin America for nearly 25 years. Both will be critical in helping guide the GSWS as it significantly expands its mission and identity in 2014.

“It’s such an honor to bring two individuals with such deep – and completely unique – expertise to our organization,” said Susie Ellis, GSWS chairman and CEO. “Jean-Claude has an unparalleled history in, and knowledge of, the global tourism industry, and Gina brings an extraordinary background in real estate and hospitality development, education, design and media. The GSWS has accomplished much in its seven-year history, but these two powerful minds will be invaluable in helping us accomplish so much more for the global wellness industry over the next few years.”

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