TUI UK and Ireland announces appointment of Richard Sofer as Commercial Director
20 October 2017: TUI UK can confirm Richard Sofer has been appointed as the new Commercial Director of TUI UK & Ireland and will take up his position on the TUI UK & Ireland Board with effect from 1st December 2017.
As Commercial Director Richard will have responsibility for TUI UK & I’s product offering, yield management and aviation planning.
Sofer joined TUI UK in September 2016 as Managing Director of Thomson Cruises and has successfully led the Cruise team through the launch of Discovery 2 in May 2017 and the recent rebrand to Marella Cruises as Thomson changed to TUI. During his short time in the role Sofer has demonstrated a great focus on business performance with the continued growth of the Cruise business and outstanding senior leadership qualities.
Prior to joining TUI, Sofer worked for GLH Hotels where he held senior financial and Chief Executive roles. His last role was Chief Executive of Thistle & Every Hotels where he held responsibility for the development and launch of new hotel brands, as well as being accountable for the profits on existing hotels, and was a member of the Executive Board.
Nick Longman, Managing Director of TUI UK and Ireland said: “I am delighted to welcome Richard Sofer to the UK & Ireland board. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise and to the business, with the Cruise business delivering excellent results and launches under his guidance this year.”
The appointment of the new Managing Director for Marella Cruises will be confirmed shortly.
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TUI UK & IRELAND
TUI UK and Ireland, part of TUI Group, is the business behind the TUI, First Choice and Marella Cruises brands, as well as Crystal Ski and TUI Lakes & Mountains. Sub brands include TUI Sensatori, TUI Family Life, TUI Sensimar, First Choice Holiday Villages and SplashWorld Resorts.
Its airline, TUI Airways – formerly Thomson Airways has 64 aircraft operating to over 70 destinations in 30 countries. It was the first airline in the UK to take delivery of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and in 2018 will welcome new 737 MAXs to its fleet.
TUI UK and Ireland has a team of more than 10,000 employees and serves over six million customers each year.
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