Thomas Cook sales chief urges travel firms to recruit team members

Thomas Cook’s sales, e-commerce and marketing director Phil Gardner has urged travel businesses to get in touch with job vacancies for former members of his team.

Posting on Facebook on Monday, Gardner wrote: “I don’t often post on social but today I feel compelled to. It’s been a day of real tragedy and emotion. Telling hundreds of people they have lost their jobs wasn’t easy today and my heart goes out to all of you. You have all been a pleasure to work with and you have genuinely made me very happy in the best job I ever had.

“Now for the important bit which remains within my control: for all of you in the travel industry who I know, I had some great people in my teams and urge you to contact me with any opportunities for them you may have.

“This covers all types of sales roles (including account management), digital roles across all disciples including online spend and e-commerce and marketing including brand, creative, production and copywriting.

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“Locations are varied with many colleagues near Peterborough or Manchester, although many are prepared to travel and there are several in locations closer to London also. Please do get in touch so I can put you in touch with some real talent in our industry which should not go to waste.”

Gardner joined Cook in 2015, having worked at Tui and First Choice for eight years.

Dozens of travel firms have come forward this week with job offers for Cook staff left unemployed by the travel giant’s collapse. Travel Weekly has compiled a job vacancy directory here

Thomas Cook, which operated just over 550 stores, employed 9,000 staff in its Peterborough, Manchester and London offices, including 4,000 shop staff.

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