Virgin Holidays rejigs top leadership team

Virgin Holidays rejigs top leadership team

Virgin Holidays has announced a reshuffle to its product and distribution leadership team, which will see its vice president of product and distribution, Lee Haslett, move to Virgin Atlantic to take on the role of vice president, sales.

He will take up the new role in June this year.

As part of the shake-up, some of Haslett’s direct reports have also been rotated into new roles, which will further expand their capabilities and better prepare them for future senior leadership positions within the Virgin travel family.

Angus Bond (previously head of USA product) has taken up the role of head of e-commerce and hotel sourcing, where he will be responsible for spear-heading an aggressive digital overhaul as part of the business’s growth strategy. 

His role has temporarily been replaced by James Killick, who has been promoted to interim head of USA product.

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Rach Wilton (previously head of e-commerce) moves to head of retail, where she takes responsibility for the single biggest sales channel in the organisation and continue the successful roll-out of standalone v-room stores and new, cutting-edge Next concessions.

Dan Buckingham (previously head of retail for Virgin Holidays) has accepted a role at Virgin Atlantic as head of clubhouses, where he will oversee the operation of nine clubhouses and all third-party lounges worldwide.

Haslett moves to his new position in June 2019 - Dan Buckingham, Rach Wilton and Angus Bond have commenced their new roles. 

A search is currently underway for candidates to fill the vacant positions.

Haslett commented: “I’ve learnt so much at Virgin Holidays over the past decade and am so proud of what we’ve achieved – from our transition to a direct-only business, to the launch of our award-winning v-room stores, to the expansion of our product portfolio that has really cemented us as the market leader in the USA and the Caribbean. 

“I’m looking forward to my next challenge, super-charging the Virgin Atlantic sales team, increasing both passenger numbers and market share on key routes. 

“I have an important job to do in Virgin Holidays throughout the coming months and I’m completely committed to ensuring my successor hits the ground running.”