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06 Dec 2018

BY James Chapple


Thomas Cook UK boss Ingo Burmester to leave business

Thomas Cook chief of UK source market Ingo Burmester is to leave the business, Cook has confirmed, to head up DER Touristik Central Europe.

Ingo Burmester DER Touristik.jpg

Thomas Cook UK boss Ingo Burmester to leave business

Chris Mottershead will resume leadership of Cook’s UK business after a stint overseeing product and operations group-wide.

Burmester joined Thomas Cook in early 2017, becoming chief of UK source market in April.

He has decided to leave Cook for personal reasons and return home to central Europe where he will join DER Touristik in Germany to be closer to his family.


UPDATE: Burmester to leave Cook; Mottershead to reprise UK chief role


Peter Fankhauser, Cook’s group chief executive, said: “I want to thank Ingo for his contribution to Thomas Cook. Given the critical importance of turning around the performance of the UK business I have decided to hand back the leadership of the UK source market to Chris Mottershead for the time being.


Cook added in a statement that Mottershead would take over the running of the UK management team “with immediate effect following a handover with Burmester.

'Experienced and well-connected tourism expert'

'Experienced and well-connected tourism expert'

Burmester succeeded Mottershead in April this year when the Cook veteran stepped up into a group-wide role.


However, he left his role as Cook chief of UK source market on Thursday (December 6) with predecessor Chris Mottershead parachuted in to turn around the fortunes of Cook’s ailing UK business.

Burmester will now join up with DER Touristik in his native Germany on May 1 next year before succeeding chief executive Rene Herzog on June 1, who has chosen to stand down.

DER Touristik Group is parent to Kuoni, Carrier, Kirker, CV Villas and Jules Verne, which operate under DER Touristik UK.

Soren Hartmann, DER Touristik Group chief executive, said: “The planned and orderly transfer from Rene Herzog to Ingo Burmester will ensure the continuity of our business in our core markets of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

“With Ingo Burmester, we are gaining a very experienced and well-connected tourism expert to lead and position DER Touristik Central Europe.”

Burmester started his career in travel as a consultant at ATKearney before taking up a Tui Group management position.

His roles at Tui Deutschland also included heading up its flight, club programmes and capacity management departments. He was also managing director of TUIfly Vermarktungs GmbH before spending six year as chief executive of Robinson Club.

Last year, Burmester moved to Thomas Cook as chief of Thomas Cook Hotels and Resorts before he was appointed Cook chief of UK source markets in April.

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