Anna Perrott has resigned from The Travel Network Group just 20 days after starting her role as head of cruise.
Perrott, who was formerly head of cruise and touring for dnata-owned Travelbag, joined the consortium to lead its growing cruise team and develop its Cruise Club.
Perrott told Travel Weekly that the role in practice was not as expected, and since starting the role reporting lines and responsibilities had changed.
Perrott said: “I am really disappointed with the outcome but unfortunately there was no alternative. I remain incredibly passionate about the travel industry and I’m looking forward to my new venture.”
Perrott later tweeted on Friday saying it had been “one of the toughest days of her career”.
Time hop 1 yr ago…Today has been one of the toughest days in my career. Walking away from a role in a short time is not something taken lightly.I’m overwhelmed by messages from people supporting my decision. Be true to yourself & stand by what you believe in pic.twitter.com/zoJQLdyDYZ
— Anna Perrott (@Annacruises) January 24, 2020
Travel Weekly reported on Thursday that The Travel Network Group had appointed Julie Pinkney in the new role of retail director, with a remit to oversee the group’s eight owned travel stores, its members’ Cruise Club and its in-house dynamic packaging platform, ‘Dynamic’.
Pinkney joined TTNG earlier this month having been a consultant for the past six years working in the travel industry with clients including Hotelbeds Group, The Malvern Group, Sabre Travel and Teletext Holidays.
Details about Pinkney’s role emerged following news that TTNG chief operating officer and shareholder Lisa Henning is to leave the business in 12 months’ time after seven years with the group.
Perrott has previously held roles at JTA Travel, Flexicruise, Belleair Cruise and Cruise.co.uk.
When her appointment as head of cruise was announced, TTNG chief executive Gary Lewis said: “Anna has extensive experience of the UK cruise industry and brings with her a wealth of knowledge of the sector having worked for many of the UK’s major cruise businesses.”
Commenting on her resignation, Lewis said: “In her short period with us, Anna has shown her passion for cruise and we wish her well for the future.”
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