Tui Travel tour operating GC steps up to top role

Tui Travel has promoted its mainstream tour operating general counsel, Mike Bowers, to the role of group legal director, following the decision of the FTSE 100 company’s legal chief Andrew John to begin planning for retirement.

Bowers took over from John last month, following the latter’s appointment as director, secretariat, health & safety and risk. John is now focusing on the legal risk and regulatory requirements of the business as well as US legal affairs and litigation, and health and safety issues.

He has also relinquished his role of company secretary.

John was previously director of legal affairs at First Choice Holidays (21 July 2003) prior to the company’s merger with Tui AG to create Tui Travel in 2007.

Bowers was also in First Choice’s legal team as corporate general counsel before the merger.

As group legal director, he is responsible for leading the company’s 100-strong legal department across the countries in which it operates. He will retain responsibility for Tui’s political affairs activity, a role which sees him engage with policymakers in the UK and EU on legislative change affecting the travel industry.

A spokesperson for Tui said the changes followed John’s expression of his desire to start planning his retirement. “Therefore, we are planning an orderly transition of certain of Andrew’s responsibilities to members of his team in the lead up to his retirement from his current role on the group management board,” the spokesperson added.

A replacement for Bowers in the UK and Ireland role has not yet been appointed.