Active Adventures and Austin Adventures appoint new Chief Growth Officer

Active Adventures and Austin Adventures appoint new Chief Growth Officer

Adventure travel companies Active Adventures and Austin Adventures have appointed EJ Gamboa as Chief Growth Officer, a newly created role that puts their mission front and center. With the appointment, both companies have taken a monumental step on their


QUEENSTOWN, NZ., – August 2, 2023

CEO Wendy van Lieshout and the board of Active Adventures and Austin Adventures are delighted with the appointment.

“We’re excited to have EJ join our Senior Leadership Team in a role focused specifically on driving the growth we know is possible for both brands. We were purposeful in naming this role, which encompasses global marketing but also connects with many areas of the business. We’re looking forward to seeing where a new approach will take us,” says Ms van Lieshout.

Gamboa is an accomplished marketing, digital, and growth expert with 16 years of experience – 9 years of which in the travel/leisure industry at The Travel Corporation and at adventure company Adrenaline. He has held leadership roles not just at The Travel Corporation, but also at ASX 100 companies TPG Telecom (Vodafone) and Endeavour Group. He is also an alumnus of The Marketing Academy, a highly selective development and leadership program for Australia’s top marketing talent.

Aside from his credentials, Gamboa’s adventurous spirit makes him a strong fit. A prolific traveler who has journeyed to 6 continents, Gamboa also has an interest in adrenaline activities such as bungy jumping, skydiving, and abseiling, and served as president of a mountaineering organization in his university days.

“I’m thrilled about joining the team at Active Adventures and Austin Adventures. I love their DNA, their product, and the fact that they are already successful but still brimming with potential. I can’t wait to unlock that with the team.”


About Active Adventures & Austin Adventures:  

With over 60 years of combined experience, Active Adventures and Austin Adventures set the standard for inspiring, all-inclusive, small-group adventures in the most breath-taking regions of the world. Their teams across New Zealand, North America, Peru, Nepal and the Netherlands ensure every detail is looked after. Hand-picked guides with a wealth of experience and local knowledge lead the way as guests enjoy exclusive accommodations, top-notch dining and unique activities showcasing the best of each region.  
Each of their 100+ trips are crafted to perfection, encouraging guests to not only challenge themselves physically but also to take a deep dive in the local way of life in every destination. For more information, please visit and


Media Contact:

Wendy van Lieshout

CEO, Active Adventures & Austin Adventures

+64 21 2435 412