EasyJet Holidays general manager Mandy Round is stepping down as the tour arm of the budget carrier revealed a new board of directors.

Round has decided to leave the business after eight years “to pursue other professional opportunities”.

The new team is made up of a combination of key easyJet managers along with newly-appointed and experienced travel industry professionals.

Newcomers include commercial director Alex Loftus, who joins from Tui where he spent almost 20 years in senior, international commercial roles in the UK, Russia and France.

Other hires from who have previously worked for Tui include strategy and sourcing director Paul Bixby – most recently group product and purchasing director – communications director Fiona Jennings, and finance director Michelle Heywood, who has worked at easyJet for seven years after time with First Choice, Thomson and Tui.

Digital director James Hardy moves from Jet2 were he was head of e-commerce for five years.

Interim technology lead Paul Curtis, re-joins after a decade and has worked for Jet2holidays, Bourne Leisure, Qantas, Virgin Holidays and Etihad Airways.

EasyJet marketing director Mary Newcombe will expand her remit to include the tour operating arm together with legal director Rebecca Mills.

A customer director role is currently being recruited.

EasyJet Holidays CEO Garry Wilson, former Tui product and purchasing managing director, said: “I am pleased to announce a number of appointments to my newly created board.

“This team has the ambition, experience, and diversity needed to build and grow our business to become a major player in the holiday market.”

He added: “I’d like to thank Mandy for all her hard work and commitment over the past eight years managing the holidays business and I along with my colleagues wish her all the best for her personal and professional future.”