The XOJET 10: Tony Chambers, Editor-in-Chief of Wallpaper* magazine

October 23, 2012  |  XOJET 10

Most people love receiving the red carpet treatment everywhere they go. Not Tony Chambers, the Editor-in-Chief of luxury design/fashion/travel/lifestyle magazine Wallpaper*. When he wants to check out a new building or hotel, Tony prefers to slip in unnoticed so that he can have the same experience as any other visitor. An Englishman, a gentleman and an expert in the field, who better to discuss the state of the art of travel with the XOJET Blog. And of course we couldn’t help sharing a few choice words about Tony’s other great…

The XOJET 10: Dermot McCormack, MTV Digital Guru

September 18, 2012  |  XOJET 10

Although music is his business, Dermot McCormack has made a career out of innovation. After earning an engineering degree in his native Dublin, Ireland, he moved to New York City and began working in technology in the early ‘90s, back at the dawn of the Internet boom. The rest is digital history. Following his tenure as an executive at iVillage.com, he founded and was chief technology officer of Flooz.com, and then SVP of Interactive Product Management at CableVision before moving to MTV in January 2009. Now executive vice president of digital…

The XOJET 10: Roxann Paulson, Cosmetics Executive

August 9, 2012  |  XOJET 10

In her role as a cosmetics executive for numerous global companies—Avon, Estee Lauder, and most recently, Amsterdam-based Philips Crystalize, where she served as CEO and GM—work has taken Roxann Paulson all over the world. And given that she travels as much as two-thirds of the year for business, it’s not surprising that she has very high expectations of her travel accommodations. A self-professed “hotel snob,” she balances her strong opinions with a healthy sense of humor and genuine perspective. Now working as a private consultant for small firms and Fortune…

The XOJET 10: Kylie Wright-Ford, Founder, TouchInvest.com

July 27, 2012  |  XOJET 10

Considering that Kylie Wright-Ford holds a MBA and studied at the University of Oxford (where she helped launch Clickstream Technologies, later sold to Microsoft) and then went on to senior management roles at Goldman Sachs JBWere and Gerson Lehrman Group (where as co-head of global research she oversaw a team of 400 professionals), you might be surprised to learn that she grew up on a sheep farm in Australia!

That might seem a long way from home, now that Kylie lives in Bronxville, New York, but she doesn’t mind flying halfway around…

The XOJET 10: Edda Gudmundsdottir, Stylist

July 17, 2012  |  XOJET 10

New York-based stylist Edda Gudmundsdottir ’s travels have since taken her to every corner of the globe, from her homeland of Iceland to assignments working with a range of clients that include Diane Von Furstenberg, Converse, L’Oreal and Bose, as well as celebrities such as Lady Gaga and numerous international fashion magazines. Gudmundsdottir  recalls a time when air travel promised wonderful stories for all to share. “Now, it’s not a big deal. It’s not special, and I wish we could go back to that time,” she says. So in the…

The XOJET 10: Anthony Giglio, Wine Wise Guy

June 19, 2012  |  XOJET 10

Anthony Giglio is a sommelier, educator and author of several books, including Cocktails in New York. He’s also a regular contributor to Travel + Leisure and Food & Wine. Talking with him, you can’t help wanting to hear more, learn more, and most of all, drink a lot more wine. In the hopes of mixing it up a bit, we tried to ask Anthony a non-travel question to end the interview, but he had other ideas. “Wait, wait, hold on a sec, what about luggage? I thought we were going…

The XOJET 10: Pauline Brown

May 24, 2012  |  XOJET 10

Over the past 20 years, Pauline Brown’s positions have included vice president of corporate strategy and new business development for the Estee Lauder Companies, senior vice president of corporate strategy and global business development at Avon, and managing director of The Carlyle Group, where she sat on the boards of directors of two of Carlyle’s most successful buyouts: beauty brand Philosophy and Italian sportswear company Moncler. Now an independent investor and advisor, she’s also a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, working to develop community-spirited leaders. Balancing private equity…

The XOJET 10: Jason Beckley

May 18, 2012  |  XOJET 10

As the global marketing director for Alfred Dunhill, one of the oldest and most prestigious British men’s luxury brands, Jason Beckley’s travels over the years have taken him from apprenticing with a master craftsman shoemaker in Malaysia to collaborating with augmented reality software companies in California. Whether he’s in London, Shanghai or Dubai, Beckley oversees every aspect of production, from the design of handmade leather goods to bespoke iPhone apps. Always joking, always curious, and always working but never taking himself too seriously, Beckley thrives on a year-round travel schedule…

The XOJET 10: Katy Donoghue

May 4, 2012  |  XOJET 10

Welcome to The XOJET 10, a new Q&A series in which interesting, notable people from the worlds of business, travel and luxury products discuss their travel experiences, tips and insights. Our first profile: Katy Donoghue, editor-in-chief of Whitewall, a New York-based luxury lifestyle magazine.

Katy Donoghue spent almost 100 days traveling for business last year. In addition to profiling world-renowned artists, designers, curators and collectors for Whitewall, Donoghue also attends a variety of international events, including major art fairs, gallery openings, brand launches, special events, charity events and, occasionally, even last-minute…