Director of group corporate communications for the Thomson Travel
Group, Russell Amerasekera, is set to quit the tour operator in the wake
of the pounds 1.8 billion takeover bid by German conglomerate
The bid was agreed by the TTG board last month and an offer document is
to be sent out to shareholders next week. If the deal goes through TTG
will become a subsidiary of the Frankfurt-listed Preussag.
According to Amerasekera, who plans to leave in August, the reason for
his departure is largely due to the loss of TTG’s London listing. ’The
Preussag bid has cemented my view to move on to pastures new,’ he
Amerasekera has been with TTG for four years. He was originally
communications director for Thomson Holidays before being promoted in
June 1998 to group director prior to its flotation.
Amerasekera reports to chief executive Charles Gurassa. He has a
corporate communications staff of five and is indirectly responsible for
30 communications staff across TTG brands including Thomson Holidays,
Lunn Poly and Britannia Airways.
According to Amerasekera, Gurassa is in discussions with Preussag over
the future of TTG’s London-based corporate communications.
’They are looking at existing resources to decide if there will be a
need for a corporate role. It is expected that the corporate team will
be reduced and my role will not be replaced,’ he said.
TTG has used the Maitland Consultancy since its flotation and
Amerasekera said opportunities would be explored to maintain the
Amerasekera has an ’open mind’ about his future and says he is
considering continuing to handle corporate communications for a UK or
US-listed company or alternatively working for a financial agency.