German-owned package holiday provider Thomas Cook has lost its
distribution division head of PR, Jane Smith.
Smith has left the company to join AMP Financial Services as head of
Thomas Cook is now on the hunt for someone to oversee all internal and
external PR for its distribution arm, which includes the firm's call
centres and high street shops.
Smith's former role has been bolstered to include PR for the company's
website - www.thomascook.com - previously headed by Sophie Roe, who left
The head of PR will lead a team of two, including PR manager Nick
O'Donnell, reporting to marketing director Kevin Styles and PR director
Part of the remit will be to review the communications set up and
external PR support, which is currently provided by retained agency JG
O'Donnell said they were 'looking at the options' in terms of taking on
more external PR agencies.
Thomas Cook has hired freelance consultant Kerry Jones to assume the
head of PR responsibilities until Smith's successor is recruited.
Smith joined Thomas Cook in 1997 as PR manager for its financial
services operation from Birmingham Midshires Building Society, where she
was head of corporate communications (PRWeek, 26 September 1997).
Thomas Cook, bought out last year by Germany's C&N Touristic Travel
Group, is set for an expected IPO in London and Frankfurt in 18 months'
time with a value of about £2.5bn.
The dual listing will be the firm's first flotation since it was founded
160 years ago.