New faces at tour operators, airlines and travel agencies

Deniz Ugur
Deniz Ugur

Top managers have been appointed to senior positions at Bentour Reisen, FTI, Thomas Cook, Sun Express and Lufthansa City Center over the last few weeks.

Deniz Ugur will become sole CEO of Bentour Reisen next August with the planned retirement of his 69-year-old father Kadir Ugur, who built up the company over many years. The Ugur family are majority owners of the specialist tour operator for Turkey holidays, while Turkish hotel group Delphin and Stone Group hold minority stakes.

Stephan Braun has taken up the new position of group strategy for FTI, working closely with CEO Dietmar Gunz. Braun was previously responsible for global procurement at Thomas Cook Germany. Andreas Weber has taken responsibility for branding and marketing of Thomas Cook’s own-brand hotels in addition to his previous post as head of sales and retail.

Franck Riecke has stepped down as managing director of Tropo, the dynamic packaging tour operator owned by the Pro Sieben Sat1 media group, after seven years. He will be replaced internally by Sven Ahrens and Kai Boyd, who already run the Comvel GmbH subsidiary. Tropo generated revenues of €82 million from 149,000 bookings in 2014/15, according to fvw’s German Tour Operators 2015 dossier.

Harald Zeiss will leave the position of TUI Germany’s head of sustainability after five years when the cooperation between his institute Inatour and the tourism company comes to an end at the end of this year. TUI Germany plans to restructure the sustainability position.

Jens Bischof has been appointed CEO of Sun Express following the surprising departure of Jaan Albrecht to take up the position as CEO at Saudia. Bischof is currently head of sales for the Lufthansa Group and COO for the Frankfurt hub.

The two long-serving heads of the Lufthansa City Center travel agency chain, Klaus Henschel and Hasso von Düring, will both stand down from their posts next year and will be replaced by a Lufthansa appointee. Henschel, joint managing director of LCC for 18 years, will become head of sister company LCC International from July 1, where Uwe Müller, currently Lufthansa’s Germany sales chief, will become joint managing director from next January. Von Düring will retire at the end of 2017. The new LCC chief will be Andi-Julian Leta, currently head of Lufthansa’s Stuttgart branch.

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