Thomson marketer Rayner steps down

TUIThomson Holidays head of marketing and brand development Andrew Rayner is leaving the company after almost seven years. It is not known if he has another job to go to.

The news follows the merger between Thomson and First Choice, which created TUI PLC in September. First Choice marketer Tim Williamson was made TUI marketing director after going head-to-head with Rayner for the position.

Rayner has overseen the repositioning of the Thomson brand in the last 12 months, which included moving its £15m advertising account from DDB London to Krow Communications.

Williamson will now take over the role of TUI marketing and product director. First Choice marketer Andrew Laurillard has been made head of brand strategy as part of the reshuffle and will be responsible for the customer insight team. Thomson marketer Jeremy Ellis is now TUI head of innovation and CRM, while Thomson head of product Alan Pugh takes up the same role at TUI. They all report directly to Williamson. The TUI UK team is headed by managing director Dermot Blastland.

Latest from Marketing Week


Access Marketing Week’s wealth of insight, analysis and opinion that will help you do your job better.

Register and receive the best content from the only UK title 100% dedicated to serving marketers' needs.

We’ll ask you just a few questions about what you do and where you work. The more we know about our visitors, the better and more relevant content we can provide for them. And, yes, knowing our audience better helps us find commercial partners too. Don't worry, we won't share your information with other parties, unless you give us permission to do so.

Register now


Our award winning editorial team (PPA Digital Brand of the Year) ask the big questions about the biggest issues on everything from strategy through to execution to help you navigate the fast moving modern marketing landscape.


From the opportunities and challenges of emerging technology to the need for greater effectiveness, from the challenge of measurement to building a marketing team fit for the future, we are your guide.


Information, inspiration and advice from the marketing world and beyond that will help you develop as a marketer and as a leader.

Having problems?

Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3703 or email

If you are looking for our Jobs site, please click here