Washington and Barrass to leave dnata Travel

Washington and Barrass to leave dnata Travel

Senior dnata Travel bosses Andy Washington and Steve Barrass are leaving the business.

Their departures were announced today following the recent announcement that Travel Republic managing director Ian Simmonds will be leaving at the end of this month.

Washington, chief executive of dnata Travel’s consumer-facing brands in Europe, is leaving “for personal reasons”.

Barrass, dnata senior vice-president for new ventures (Europe), is leaving to “pursue other interests”, and will depart on  July 31.

Dnata Travel Europe B2B chief executive John Bevan, who joined the company at the end of 2017, will assume Washington’s responsibilities on an interim basis. Bevan has previous B2C experience running lastminute.com.

Mark Lawton, finance director B2C dnata Travel Europe since 2015, is also leaving the company and is understood to be on gardening leave.

Washington started at dnata Travel in December 2016, taking responsibility for all the business’ consumer-facing brands, which include Travel Republic, Sunmaster, Travelbag and Netflights.

Barrass was appointed to his current role in September 2017. He was previously chief executive of Gold Medal, when the operator was acquired by dnata in 2014.

Simmonds, who reported to Washington, became managing director in 2015 after working as finance director since 2009. He was jointly appointed with Neale Chinery, who has since left the business.

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