TUI cuts claim top marketing post

TUI UK, formerly Thomson Travel Group (TTG), has scrapped the recently created post of sales and marketing director, following the departure of Nigel David.

The company has also put its advertising agency review on hold while marketing plans are discussed at a European level.

A TUI UK spokeswoman insists that David’s decision to leave the company preceded the decision to axe the position.

The role has been scrapped as part of cuts which began with 400 job losses, announced in November (MW November 1, 2001).

David was unavailable for comment as Marketing Week went to press, and it is not known if he has another job to go to.

David, formerly managing director of TTG UK Distribution, was appointed to the role in October, following a major reshuffle of senior executives. The changes involved Thomson Holidays UK managing director Shaun Powell moving to TUI Spain as managing director.

TUI UK marketing director Hugh Edwards and commercial director Derek Jones will take on David’s responsibilities, and report to managing director Chris Mottershead.

David oversaw redundancies in the marketing and commercial divisions as they restructured following the integration of the Thomson Holidays and Lunn Poly businesses. He had been with TTG for 14 years, holding positions including Lunn Poly managing director and Thomson Holidays holiday service director.

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