Paula Lacey to head up distribution for TUI Travel’s sports division

Tui Travel’s UK sports division has made two new senior appointments, including Paula Lacey as distribution managing director.

Darren Marsh, who was previously managing director of Thomson Al Fresco, has been appointed managing director of the sports division, assuming responsibility for Thomson Sport, Sport Abroad and Gullivers Sports Travel. He reports into Marc Bennett, managing director of the sports division for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Lacey, previously aviation commercial director for TUI Travel’s specialist and activity sector, takes responsibility for all the sport distribution channels and also reports into Bennett.

Prior to working for TUI, Lacey worked at The Network as business development director and before that as head of sales for the south for Thomas Cook. Both roles are newly-created positions.

Other changes include the appointment of Paul Hill as sport division’s e-commerce director, reporting into Lacey; Claire Brand as director of rights activation for the sports division; former sports division finance director Karon Cronin as commercial director, events and licences; and Nathan Wilson as managing director, events and licences. Laura Cooke replaces Cronin as finance director.

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