After months of discussion it has been confirmed John Wimbleton will step down as managing director of the specialist and activity division of TUI Travel.
Wimbleton, who has been with the company for 22 years, will step down at the end of December.
He will, initially at least, be replaced by TUI Travel chief executive Peter Long.
The move is in line with the “personal aspirations” of Wimbleton.
The 33-year travel industry veteran is expected to take a sabbatical to travel.
“After 22 years with the Group and 35 in the industry, John feels that now is the right time to enjoy a much deserved sabbatical during which he plans to travel extensively,” a statement from the company read.
“Peter will take the opportunity to spend time with each management team to understand the plans they have to continue to successfully grow their businesses.
“Until John leaves, he will work with Peter over the next few months on a smooth and successful transition.”