Thomas Cook has appointed Ingo Burmester as chief of the UK source market taking over from Chris Mottershead.

Burmester is currently chief of Thomas Cook’s hotels and resorts business having joined in 2017.

He will continue in his role as chief of hotels and resorts alongside the UK role for the time being.

Chris Mottershead will focus on his group-wide role as chief of product and operations.

Thomas Cook started its search for a new UK boss in February after Andrew Flintham’s surprise U-turn.

Flintham was due to start his new role as managing director on March 1 having left his post at Tui, where he was commercial director, in October last year.

But last month Tui named him as its new UK & Ireland managing director, following Nick Longman’s departure.

Thomas Cook Group CEO Peter Fankhauser said: “I am grateful to Chris for his achievements in the UK over the last three years and look forward to what can be achieved when he puts his attention on such a critical Group-wide role.

“Ingo’s appointment brings experience of hotels and tour operating to the UK to help further embed our differentiated offer within this important market. I believe these changes position Thomas Cook well to accelerate the execution of strategy for profitable growth and I wish both Chris and Ingo all the best for their new roles.”

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