New chief for SunExpress, Mottshead to join Thomas Cook

New chief for SunExpress, Mottshead to join Thomas Cook

Barber joins Air Partner, Interchange & Consort Hotels CEO departs, plus more

Barber joins Air Partner, Interchange & Consort Hotels CEO departs, plus more

Private aviation specialist appoints new trading manager

UK private aviation services specialist Air Partner has appointed Linzi Barber trading manager of its UK commercial jet division.

Linzi Barber.
Linzi Barber.

Barber, who has more than 16 years’ aviation industry experience, will be based at Air Partner’s Gatwick offices. She was previously employed as charter sales manager at Flybe, and more recently as a senior commercial jet broker at broker ACS.

Barber will also be working with Clive Chalmers, director of Commercial Jets UK, to implement the division’s strategy that was launched in August last year.

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 Mottershead joins Thomas Cook UK & Ireland

Thomas Cook UK & Ireland has appointed Chris Mottershead UK Business Development Director.

In his new role, Mottershead will drive key projects across the business, with a focus on differentiated product, and the continued development of Thomas Cook’s offering across all key customer segments.  He will report directly to managing director Salman Syed.

Prior to joining Thomas Cook, Mottershead led the TUI Russia & CIS operation in Russia from 2010-2014.  He has held a variety of senior roles in the travel industry, including CEO of First Choice Canada (2009), CEO and founder of Travelzest, managing director of TUI UK and president & CEO North American Leisure Group at Airtours PLC (My Travel PLC).

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Richard Lewis leaves Interchange & Consort Hotels

Richard Lewis has left his position as CEO of Interchange & Consort Hotels.

Rob Payne, the company’s chief commercial officer, has assumed the role of interim CEO, while the search for a replacement continues.

In a statement, the board of Interchange & Consort Hotels thanked Lewis for his “work and achievements for the brand during his tenure”.

“Over the past three years, Richard has enhanced the quality standards throughout every facet of the organisation. In doing so he has developed and strengthened the profile, image and reputation of the Beacon and Best Western brands in Great Britain… [we] wish Richard well for the future.”

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New F&B manager for Edinburgh attraction

Edinburgh visitor attraction, The Real Mary King’s Close, has appointed Rod Nisbet as food and beverage manager.

Nisbet’s appointment follows the recent announcement of £500,000 investment by operator Continuum Attractions towards the ongoing development of the tourist attraction.

Nisbet joins a 45-strong team with 20 years’ industry experience including a head chef position within a Michelin starred restaurant and operational contracts within JRBVI Group and Traditionally Twisted Events.

The role filled by Nisbet will bolster the development and promotion of the space which will seat 40 guests and provide a unique corporate event venue.

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Austrian Airlines CEO to steer Lufthansa-Turkish Airlines JV

Jaan Albrecht, who has been the CEO of Austrian Airlines since November 2011, has accepted a position at SunExpress, a joint venture of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, and will serve as its CEO starting 1 June.

Albrecht (60) will remain CEO of Austrian Airlines until the end of May.
“The decision to ask Jaan Albrecht to assume a new position within the Lufthansa Group was not easy for us,” said Harry Hohmeister, chairman of the Supervisory Board of Austrian Airlines. “After all, he led Austrian Airlines out of a crisis and achieved a turnaround. However, his good international contacts and his experience in different positions in the airline sector make him an ideal CEO of SunExpress.”

Paul Schwaiger (60), the current MD at SunExpress, will leave the company due to the expiration of his contract.

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