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Published on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Chris Mottershead joins Thomas Cook

Chris Mottershead is to join Thomas Cook from Wednesday as the travel giant woos another former TUI exec.

Mottershead will join as UK business development director - a newly created role for him - reporting directly to Salman Syed, managing director, Thomas Cook UK & Ireland.

It follows the announcement in January that former TUI retail director Kathryn Darbandi is also joining in April as UK retail director for the Thomas Cook and The Co-operative Travel retail network.

Mottershead, former MD of TUI UK, will drive key projects across the business with a focus on differentiated product.

Prior to joining Thomas Cook, Chris led the TUI Russia & CIS operation in Russia from 2010-2014.

He has held a variety of senior roles in the travel industry, including CEO of First Choice Canada (2009), CEO and founder of Travelzest, which was successfully floated on the London Stock Exchange in 2005, managing director of TUI UK and president & CEO North American Leisure Group at Airtours PLC (My Travel PLC).

Salman Syed, managing director, Thomas Cook UK & Ireland, said:  "Chris enjoys an excellent reputation, with a well-proven vision of meeting the needs of customers in an Omni-channel, technology-driven world."

Chris Mottershead said: "I am very pleased to be joining Thomas Cook at such an important time in its transformation. I look forward to working with the UK team to further develop differentiated products and improve the business performance."

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  • Congratulations

    Wishing you Chris every success in your new role at Thomas Cook, at least they are independent agent friendly, we are all happy to work with Thomas Cook. Kind regards, Sue Foxall.

    By SUE FOXALL, Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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