Long-serving manager Günter Geske is making an unexpected comeback at Thomas Cook Germany following the surprise departure of managing director Michael Tenzer and ahead of the arrival of Stefanie Berk in August.
The 60-year-old retired from the company at the end of January after a long career running Bucher Reisen, the company’s budget brand, and as head of sales and marketing for the whole company in Germany. But Christoph Debus, who has taken interim charge of Thomas Cook Germany alongside his role running Thomas Cook Airlines, has decided to call on the services of the experienced tourism manager in the run-up to the peak season to cover the current ‘management gap’.
Geske will act on an advisory basis, and support Thomas Cook’s short-haul air-based holidays business along with flight capacity and yield management for the current summer 2015 season. These are his core competences. In addition, Cook is currently preparing its winter 2015/16 programme and also working on the summer 2016 season. How long Geske will operate in these roles will be decided by incoming Germany chief Stefanie Berk after she takes up the position in August.
However, it is clear that Geske is expected to help improve the results in Germany where the company continues to see tough trading conditions and later booking trends. In the first half-year, revenues dropped 1.3% to £673 million due to weaker demand and competitive conditions and there was a slight £1 million loss compared to a £6 million profit one year earlier.