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Sallie Fraenkel Named Executive Vice President of the Global Spa & Wellness Summit

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 24, 2013

The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS), the industry research and advocacy organization, today announced that Sallie Fraenkel has been appointed executive vice president. In the newly created position, Fraenkel will lead business development, marketing, public relations, and event management for the GSWS and will be responsible for helping to chart the future direction of the organization.

“We are extremely excited that Sallie has joined the GSWS executive team,” said chairman & CEO Susie Ellis. “ As the Summit continues its growth worldwide, her exceptional background and expertise will be instrumental in expanding the Summit’s mission and forging new partner relationships.”

Fraenkel brings more than 20 years of marketing, partnership development, and operations experience as well as a lifelong passion for wellness to the GSWS. She previously served as chief marketing officer, COO, and executive vice president of SpaFinder® Wellness. A globally recognized expert on spa and wellness, she is a frequent speaker at industry events and has worked to connect the industry with consumers seeking the benefits of wellbeing.

Prior to joining SpaFinder Wellness, Sallie was senior vice president of Showtime Networks, directing distribution and marketing of the network’s original programming. She was also instrumental in creating merchandising and licensing strategies for Showtime’s original series.

“I am thrilled to join the GSWS and look forward to working closely with Susie Ellis and the board to chart the future direction of the organization. There is so much potential for our industry to expand, educate, and innovate, and I am privileged to be part of such a dynamic group,” said Fraenkel.

Sallie is a graduate of Penn State University and in 2004 was accorded a Distinguished Alumni Award. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Institute College of Art.

To learn more about the Summit, or to register to become a delegate to its upcoming conference in New Delhi, India, visit:

About the Summit: The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) is an international organization representing senior executives and leaders from over 40 countries, joined by a common interest to drive economic development and understanding of the spa and wellness industries. Delegates from diverse sectors, including hospitality, tourism, health and wellness, beauty, finance, medical, real estate, manufacturing, and technology, attend the organization’s annual Summit, which is held in a different host country each year. After just seven years, the GSWS is now considered the leading global research and educational resource for the $1.9 trillion spa and wellness industry. It is known for introducing major industry initiatives such as, the world’s first online portal to the medical evidence behind common spa and wellness therapies. For more information, visit

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