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Tui Group deputy chief executive to leave travel giant
Tui Group’s deputy chief executive Johan Lundgren is to leave the travel giant, the company has announced. In a statement, the company said the integration of Tui AG and the former Tui Travel PLC had progressed “faster than originally envisaged”, TTG Digital reports.
Lundgren, also managing director for mainstream markets, having been fully involved in the design and supportive of the new structure, “had taken the decision that he does not want to take up a role within it”, the group explained.
“He believes that now is the appropriate time to step down from the executive board and leave the Group, which he will do effective as of 31 May 2015,” it added.
As part of the restructure, business operations will be grouped into three regions in future, Northern Region, Central Region and Western Region.
David Burling, managing director Tui UK and Ireland and member of the group executive committee, will join the executive board from June 1. He will assume overall responsibility for the UK and Ireland, Nordics (Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark), Canada and Russia, as well as the group divisions for Product & Purchasing and Aviation Platforms.
Nick Longman, is appointed Managing Director Tui UK and Ireland. For the Central Region,’s executive responsibilities will be extended. The management team of the Central Region (TUI Deutschland GmbH) with businesses in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Poland and the new unit Tui Destination Services based on Mallorca will report to Sebastian Ebel. In the Western Region, Ellie Bruyninckx, managing director Benelux, will oversee the Western Region, taking on additional responsibility for France.
Commenting on the news, Peter Long, joint-chief executive of Tui Group and former chief executive of Tui Travel said: “I am very sad that Johan has decided that he now wishes to leave the business to pursue new challenges outside the Group and I wish him every success for the future. He has been a key executive both within Tui Travel and more recently the Tui Group. With a keen focus on delivering operational effectiveness and consistent profit improvement as a managing director for the Mainstream Sector and deputy chief executive of Tui Travel he successfully established a clear strategic framework for the sector. As a result, between 2011 and 2014, profitability increased by some 48% from £370 million to £546 million.
“Johan is one of the most capable tour operators that I have had the pleasure of working with during my long career in leisure travel. He has accumulated close to 30 years of experience in the dynamic industry in which we operate and is truly an international businessman. His understanding of the importance of continuously evolving our product, giving our customers something they can only get from us, putting them at the heart of what we do, embracing technology to help deliver a superior customer experience, very effectively leading his team and delivering increased profitability are all things of which he can be justifiably proud.
“It is testament to our business that we have the strength and depth in our management team that we can so effectively promote from within to ensure that what we have achieved to date will continue after Johan’s departure.”
Johan Lundgren added: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Tui and I am very proud of what we have achieved. I have relished the roles I have taken, playing a part in growing the business and delivering value to all stakeholders. This has been a very difficult decision for me to make but I am firmly of the opinion that now is the right time to leave the company and pursue my next opportunity outside the world of Tui. I’d like to thank our chairman Professor Mangold, the members of the Supervisory Board and my colleagues on the Group Executive Committee for respecting my decision and I wish them all the best.”
TTG Digital
[pictured: Johan Lundgren, Tui]

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