Opodo warns of job losses

Online travel brand Opodo is gearing up for a round of redundancies as part of a major restructure of its European operation.

The Amadeus-owned travel company expects to conclude a formal consultation process with staff at the end of February, with a number of job losses expected within its central team.

UK country manager and former marketer Neil Mott is understood to have already left the company ahead of the restructure. A former marketer for easyJet, Go and American Airlines, Mott departed by “mutual agreement”.

The restructure is aimed at strengthening the company’s presence in local markets.

The company says it plans to shift to a more “decentralised model” whereby each market will assume responsibility for all product, operational and commercial activities as well as sales and marketing initiatives. Previously Opodo has operated a central European office with the support of local branch sales and marketing offices.

Under the new structure Opodo has appointed new directors to oversee each individual market encompassing Scandinavia, France, Germany and Italy which form part of a new executive team led by recently appointed CEO Ignacio Martos who will remain in the UK.

The company is also looking to recruit a new finance director and UK director with existing head of operations Caroline Noble taking over the role on an interim basis UK until a permanent appointment is made.

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