Thomas Cook names Mottershead as new commercial director

Thomas Cook names Mottershead as new commercial director

Thomas Cook business development director Chris Mottershead has been given an enhanced role at the travel giant just over three months after joining the company.

The former Tui UK managing director will become Cook’s commercial director from July 27, the firm announced this morning.

His appointment comes after product and yield director Stefanie Berk was named managing director central and eastern Europe division last month, a role that is based in Germany.

Cook said Mottershead’s new role reflects the commercial nature of the position and that having worked closely with Berk since joining in April there would be a smooth transition.

Mottershead, who assumes responsibility for the product, commercial and yield teams, will report directly into Cook UK managing director Salman Syed, who said:

“I know that Chris’s considerable experience within the industry at a senior level will contribute significantly to the development of the team’s effectiveness and focus.

“In the time since he joined our business earlier this year, Chris has worked closely with Stefanie on a variety of successful initiatives aimed at further enhancing the customer experience and our differentiated product offering.

“I look forward to working closely with him as we continue to drive the ongoing transformation of our UK business to ensure that Thomas Cook remains the most loved and trusted brand in travel.”

Syed thanked Berk for her contribution to the UK business over the past year and congratulated her on her new role.

Mottershead said of his new role: “Since joining Thomas Cook at the beginning of April, I have been able to review and analyse the business in detail.

“I have now been given the opportunity to oversee the key commercial areas and develop the next phase for Thomas Cook. Profitable top line growth is the key and I am very excited to be leading this as commercial director.”


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