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New hires: September

We round up the biggest industry appointments from the last month


Shearings appoints Claire Dutton to new account role

Shearings has appointed Claire Dutton to the newly created role of national key account manager for Shearings Holidays.
Dutton, who will take up the position from November 6, has over 28 years experience in travel, with the last 17 years spent at Super Break, first as a sales executive and then key account manager.

She will work alongside Michael Bowers, the operator’s national sales manager to develop and grow relationships with agents.
Jane Atkins, managing director at Shearings said: “We are looking to strengthen our sales team going forward and Claire’s appointment is the first step of this process.

“She brings with her an in depth understanding and knowledge of the UK travel trade and the domestic market, which I know will be of great benefit to Shearings Holidays.

“We want to grow our retail trade volumes and bringing Claire into the business is the start of this acceleration.”


Wendy CloseupWendy Missenden joins Collette in new UK marketing manager role

Collette has hired Wendy Missenden in the new role of UK marketing manager. Missenden, who previously worked at Advantage Travel and VisitBritain, joins from TravelCube, where she was marketing manager.

Michelle Laverick, head of marketing, said: “We’re really excited to have Wendy on board. Her experience in retail marketing will strengthen the team we have in place.”

Missenden said: “I am delighted to be bringing my experience to Collette at such an exciting time for the business. The Collette brand has a long affiliation with UK travel agents and is hugely trade focused, with the vast majority of our business coming through our trade partners.

“I am looking forward to working closely with our agents and travel partners over the coming months supporting our ongoing commitment to provide enticing and relevant marketing campaigns.”


Jodie Stuart joins Monarch’s trade sales team

Monarch Holidays has appointed Jodie Stuart as national account manager to its trade sales team.

Stuart will report to Simon Garrido, head of trade sales. She previously worked for Saga and Cruise & Maritime Voyages. Garrido said: “We are delighted to welcome Jodie to the team. She has great travel and trade knowledge and her experience gained from previous roles will enable a swift transition into Monarch.”


New trade relations manager for Red Sea

Red Sea Holidays has appointed a senior trade relations manager. Ashley Secker, who joins from Newmarket Holidays, will develop the operator’s agency sales channels. “Demand for Egyptian sunshine holidays has really been hotting-up over the last year, so there’s a huge opportunity,” Secker said. “My aim is simple: get Egypt back on the map as the best value, guaranteed sunshine destination and put Red
Sea Holidays at the front of agents’ minds when thinking of Egypt.”

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