Most recently, Nicolas was Marketing Director of OPODO, the European online travel portal. With 1 billion Euros in gross sales, OPODO is owned by British Airways, Lufthansa, Air France, Alitalia, Iberia, KLM, Aer Lingus, Finnair, Austrian Airlines and Amadeus. Appointed as Marketing Director by the Executive Board of OPODO in 2001, he was in charge of sales, marketing and strategy for the OPODO network of portals. Under his marketing tenure, OPODO developed as one of Europe’s most successful online business launches, becoming the first travel portal in Germany only one month after its launch, and one of the top two most visited portals in the UK and France. OPODO also won the prestigious “Revolution Award” for Best Brand Building by an Online Business. The Revolution Awards are usually seen as the premier accolade in the digital industry.
He currently shares his position as CEO of Corporate Vision Strategists with his position as Secretary General of Gold Mercury International, the independent think tank and international non-governmental organisation based in London that focuses on Global Governance and Visionary Leadership. From both these platforms he is involved with and advises world leaders and institutions on vision, governance and strategy.
His corporate, consumer and service experience includes the development of global brands and strategic projects for: British Airways, Iberdrola, Ceu, Google, Ferruzzi, the European Parliament, Pirelli, Philip Morris, Coca-Cola, IBM, Elf Aquitaine, GE, SmithKline Beecham, Campsa, WWF, Argentaria Bank, The European Movement, and Melissa Odabash.
Nicolas is on the board and a member of the audit committee of the US-based public company Lyris, a leading email marketing technology firm. The email marketing software and services of Lyris provides clients with leading-edge solutions for building and managing opt-in email lists, as well as creating, sending, and tracking permission-based email marketing campaigns.