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Derbyshire to leave Thomas Cook

Derbyshire to leave Thomas Cook

Ian Derbyshire has left struggling travel agent Thomas Cook.

The former head of retail at the tourism giant will be replaced by Simon Robinson, currently Thomas Cook managing director of e-commerce.

The move comes at a sensitive time for Thomas Cook, as the agent seeks to complete a merger with Co-operative Travel and Midlands Co-operative to create the largest UK travel retailer.

Derbyshire follows Manny Fontenla-Novoa out of the door, with the former chief executive stepping down earlier this month.

However, it is believed Derbyshire’s departure was agreed some time ago.

In a statement he said: “Leaving will be a wrench, but those who know me know how my family come first.”

Derbyshire is the latest in a series of senior managers to depart.

Richard Calvert, managing director of mainstream tour operations, announced he was quitting in late June, while e-commerce private labels director Andy Washington switched to Expedia in May.