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02 Jul 2019

BY Jennifer Morris


Kelly Cookes leaves Freedom to take up new role with Thomas Cook

Kelly Cookes has left the Freedom Travel Group to take up a new role with Thomas Cook.

Kelly Cookes

Cookes had been with the group for six years

Cookes (pictured centre) has been appointed to a new role of head of commercial partnerships and sales planning at Cook, which she will assume when she returns from maternity leave in August.


She will report to director of retail and customer experience Kathryn Darbandi, with responsibility for all aspects of supplier relationships for Thomas Cook’s retail division.


Matt Harding will continue to head up the Freedom Travel Group, reporting to Phil Gardner.


Cookes had been with Freedom, part of Thomas Cook Group, for six years, heading it up for the last five.


She joined Cook as senior sales support executive in 2007 and worked her way up to commercial relations manager for UK stores and airports.


Cookes tweeted on Monday (July 1): "Having a drink to officially celebrate my new job. Loved my time with Freedom having met some incredible people and businesses. Looking forward to the next phase of my career!"



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