Marie Macdonald has been recruited by The Global Travel Group as sales and business development manager for the south region.

She has more than 18 years of independent retail experience and has held senior management roles with companies such as Groupe Pierre & Vacances, Tui Travel and British Airways Holidays.

Macdonald will report to the 400-strong consortium’s commercial director, Cherie Richards.

She will be responsible for strengthening the company’s relationships with its independent agent members as well as developing key new accounts.