Former Thomas Cook Chief Further Strengthens ebookers`
ebookers plc has appointed John Donaldson as a Non-Executive Director.
Mr. Donaldson, 53, is a well-known figure in the European travel industry. He is a former Chief Executive of leading travel group Thomas Cook Holdings Limited, overseeing its sale in 2001 to C&N, now renamed Thomas Cook AG.
Mr. Donaldson`s appointment follows those last month of Nigel Addison Smith from First Choice and Philip Dale from Priceline.com. Together they underline ebookers` commitment to strengthening its management team with highly experienced industry figures. Currently Mr. Donaldson is Deputy Chairman of Thomas Cook in the UK, and Deputy Chairman of Holiday Autos, the world`s largest leisure car rental broker.
Mr. Donaldson held senior positions with Thomas Cook Holdings Limited from 1988 to 2001. From 1997 to 1998 he was Group Managing Director Worldwide before being promoted to Chief Executive from 1998 to 2001. Before joining Thomas Cook he worked for American Express Europe from 1980 to 1988 and Aer Lingus from 1970 to 1980.
, Chief Executive Officer of ebookers plc commented: “I am delighted that John Donaldson is joining the ebookers` board. His input and guidance as a Non-Executive Director will be invaluable as he brings with him a strong track record in driving organizational change, a wealth of experience in travel retail strategy and a particular expertise in package holidays, an area which ebookers is developing. His appointment along with those of Nigel Addison Smith and Philip Dale will be very important as ebookers continues it rapid growth as European online travel leader.”
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