Travel group Tui raids Terex for general counsel

Travel giant Tui has hired a new general counsel for its group headquarters in Hanover, Germany, appointing former Clifford Chance lawyer Hilka Schneider.

Schneider will replace outgoing general counsel Andreas Göhmann, who is retiring after leading legal teams for Tui and predecessor company Preussag for 16 years. 

The duo are working together in a transitional period until 1 March, when Schneider officially takes over. She will join the management board, which is headed by CEO Friedrich Joussen, and will have responsibility for group legal affairs, governance, risk and compliance.

Later this year Schneider will also take up responsibility for the executive board’s office.

Schneider joins Tui from engineering company Terex, having been appointed as general counsel for Demag Cranes in 2008 prior to its merger with Terex in 2011. She began her career at Clifford Chance before moving in-house to Deutsche Post in 2005.

Joussen said it was important to have a mixture of experienced Tui managers as well as those bringing expertise from elsewhere. “This enriches the company’s diversity and our ability to make decisions,” he said in a statement.

Last year Tui’s UK subsidiary, Tui Travel, appointed tour operating general counsel Mike Bowers as its group general counsel after incumbent Andrew Johns was appointed as director, secretariat, health & safety and risk (25 November 2013). For more on Bowers’ role, read our in-house interview, Travel tales.