Classic Collection appoints new CEO and expands senior team

On the Beach’s chief international officer Oliver Garner has been appointed chief executive of Classic Collection, taking over from managing director Nick Munday.

Classic has also expanded its senior management team with the appointment of Michelle Baillie to director of agency sales and Alexandre Gavalda to director of product and supply.

Garner will manage both Classic Collection Holidays and Classic Package Holidays – the online agent-only booking portal launched by On the Beach earlier this year.

Munday will continue to work with the business in a new capacity as an independent director. Both changes take effect immediately.

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Garner has worked at Tui, Thomas Cook and Expedia, before joining On the Beach in 2014 where he oversaw the business’ launch into Sweden and Norway as well as its acquisition of and Classic Collection Holidays.

Gavalda joins from Vivid Travel where he was commercial director and will be focused on expanding the portfolio of Classic Collection Holidays product.

Baillie was most recently at Thomas Cook as head of retail, and previously divisional sales manager at Tui.

Garner said: “It’s an incredibly exciting time to be part of the business. I look forward to continuing to build on the already excellent reputation that Classic Collection Holidays has within the industry and with its customers, and to leading Classic Package Holidays as it continues to grow and as we rollout to our travel agent partners across the UK.”

On the Beach acquired Classic Collection Holidays in August last year.

Munday said: “Having worked with Oliver over the last 12 months, I feel confident that he is very well placed to protect the hard work myself and the team have done to take Classic Collection to where it is today, whilst also seizing the opportunity we have to grow Classic Package Holidays into a market-leading B2B-only proposition. I look forward to continuing to work with him in the future.”

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