14 August 2019
After working around the globe, Elgan O’Donnell is looking forward to returning to his roots with his new role as Real
Journeys Head of Sales.
“I grew up in Southland, so I know the Southland and Otago regions well and have an affinity with the areas Real
Journeys operates in,” says Elgan.
“I can still recall school camps into Deep Cove as a child, Duke of Edinburgh excursions through the Fiordland National
Park, and camps and fishing trips to Stewart Island.”
Elgan lived and worked in the USA, London, Scotland, Dubai and Norway before returning to New Zealand to continue his 15
year plus career working in senior commercial and management roles across a variety of industries.
“I’ve always been interested in travel from an early age, moving to Norway to attend high school on a one-year AFS
exchange student programme, and I was fortunate to travel extensively around the world playing rugby - a sport I’m still
involved in - including recently consulting to Rugby Southland in a sales and marketing capacity.”
Prior to joining Real Journeys, Elgan was NZME’s South Island Commercial Manager before being promoted to Head of Rural
which saw him lead the development of its national rural agri-business division.
“Tourism is the biggest show in town right now, so it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to join one of New Zealand’s
market leaders, especially one with such solid values.”
Real Journeys General Manager Paul Norris says he’s very excited to have Elgan on the team.
“Elgan brings a strong commercial awareness to our sales team and extensive experience of strategic planning, improving
operational efficiency, and leading teams across multiple business divisions and locations.”
Outside of work, Elgan likes to spend time with his family, wife Zoe and daughters Maisie and Sadie, and says, “we all
share a love of travelling and generally enjoying the great backyard New Zealand offers.”