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Group HR director Jacky Simmonds to leave TUI Group

Jacky Simmonds has announced she will leave her role as group HR director at leisure tourism company TUI Group

Simmonds intends to “seek [her] next challenge in the UK Plc arena”.

Her replacement, currently being sought by TUI Group, will hold the role of Arbeitsdirektor, or director of labour relations. The role is a requirement under German corporate law. This person is responsible for directing and reporting on HR to the Supervisory Board and Works Councils.

An HR professional for 25 years, Simmonds has been with the Group for 15 years. She has held a number of senior HR roles, including HR director for TUI UK & Ireland, and played a leading role as part of TUI’s Integration Team during its 2007 merger. Simmonds was promoted to TUI Travel Group HR director in 2010. She is listed on the HR Most Influential ranking.

A key achievement for Simmonds has been developing an HR strategy and roadmap to 2020 for the Group, focusing on modernising TUI’s HR systems and improving the talent management process to ensure that career opportunities are available across every part of the business.

Simmonds said: “I have been very fortunate to work in a group that has moved from being a UK-focused company to a truly international business, which has successfully grown both in terms of profitability and opportunities for career advancement. I have thoroughly enjoyed playing a significant role in the development of both the business and talent across the group coupled with building best practice within the HR function.”

CEO of TUI Group Peter Long said: “I am very sorry that Jacky will be leaving the TUI Group. The organisation has undergone significant change over the years and I strongly believe that her experience of leading HR in a FTSE 100 company, coupled with her expertise in transformational change, was critical in the lead up to and immediate post completion of our merger.

“She has contributed greatly to what TUI Group is today, has built a strong team and I have always valued her counsel, advice and pragmatic approach during these periods of transformation. I would like to wish Jacky every success in her new endeavours.”

The TUI Group recorded turnover of €18.7 billion and an operating result of €869 million in financial year 2013/14. The Group has 77,000 employees in 130 countries.