Thomas Cook has appointed a new UK chief executive in Reto Wilhelm.
Wilhelm will move to the role from his current position of managing director of the group’s West/East region in continental Europe where he has overseen the turnaround of its French operation.
He will be tasked with the continuation of “professionalising the UK operation and transforming the business to deliver consistent, profitable, sustainable growth.’
Current Thomas Cook UK CEO Peter Fankhauser has been named as group chief operating officer. In the newly-created role, Fankhauser will report to the group’s chief executive Harriet Green and advise on the best practices across all markets as well as product innovation.
Salman Syed will replace Wilhelm in early December, who used to work at Green’s former employer Premier Farnell.
“As we continue to drive the transformation of the Thomas Cook Group, I am pleased to announce the completion of my executive committee, another step on our journey to further professionalise the Group, break down regional silos and realign leadership responsibilities to accelerate the delivery of our strategy for sustainable profitable growth. I look forward to leading this strengthened team as we deliver on our targets for 2015 and beyond,” said Green.