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Advantage Travel Partnership promotes Kelly Cookes & Paul Nunn

Advantage Travel Partnership has announced the promotions of two of its senior leadership team.

Leisure director Kelly Cookes has been promoted to chief commercial officer, while Paul Nunn, who is currently operations director, becomes chief operating officer, with immediate effect.

Cookes will concentrate on leveraging the group’s global buying power and driving improved commercial benefit.

She will also focus on maximising membership recruitment and retention.

Meanwhile, Nunn – who has worked for the consortium for more than 20 years – will continue to provide leadership for all operational, IT, regulatory and compliance aspects of the Advantage group of companies.

He will also work with the wider global team to deliver further business solutions, including bonding and insurance products and services.

The promotions follow the appointment of Guy Snelgar to the newly created position of global business travel director.

Advantage Travel Partnership promotes Kelly Cookes & Paul Nunn
Kelly Cookes & Paul Nunn have been promoted

Advantage Travel Partnership focusing on ‘strategic growth’

Advantage Travel Partnership CEO Julia Lo Bue-Said said: “Whilst the last two years has tested and challenged us, it has also made us mature as a business.

“The pandemic forced us to look at how we operate, build resilience in all we do and kept us laser-focused on supporting our members.

“It also gave us an opportunity to raise the awareness of Advantage as a media go-to brand and a consumer champion, whilst consistently advocating the benefit of using a travel agent for both business and leisure travel.

“As our global business continues to grow and diversify, we now need to better support the strategic framework we have set ourselves going forward.

“Both Kelly and Paul have delivered over and above during the last few years, and I am delighted to be offering them these well-deserved promotions.”

Lo Bue-Said also confirmed that another senior appointment will be announced in the coming weeks, adding: “Having a high-performance team in place is crucial as we continue with our vision to provide members and partners with unparalleled services and commercial gain.

“Our focus for the future is very much on driving forward our four areas of strategic growth: footprint expansion; product and portfolio capitalisation; digital transformation, and operational excellence.”

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