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Appointment of Managing Director for Saga Holidays: Chris Simmonds profile 2 cymk

27 January 2020, 15:30

Appointment of Managing Director for Saga Holidays

Saga has today announced that Chris Simmonds will be returning to Saga Holidays on 2nd March as its new Managing Director, replacing Maria Whiteman who left the company late last year.

Having previously worked for Saga Holidays, as part of the Executive team, Chris left Saga 10 years ago to combine his love for the travel industry with the charity sector, to become Chief Executive of Revitalise (a charity providing short breaks and holidays for disabled people and carers).

Chris has more than 20 years’ leadership experience. During his time at Revitalise he led the charity’s turnaround in to growth, and leaves it in great shape. 

In his new role, Simmonds will drive the transformation of Saga Holidays in line with its growth agenda and overall strategic direction of returning Saga to its heritage – a heritage with which Chris is both familiar with, and very passionate about.

Robin Shaw, CEO of Saga Travel said “I am excited to welcome Chris to our business and our travel leadership team. I am confident that Chris will be as integral to Saga Holidays’ future, as he was in its past, and is the right person to lead its transformation.”

Chris Simmonds commented “I am joining Saga, not to relive the past but to use what is important from the past to shape the future. I want to contribute to Saga Holidays' return to growth and ensure we can all enjoy the true spirit of Saga again”.

Contact information

Alex Brazier
alex.brazier@saga.co.uk

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