Published on : Thursday, December 14, 2017
Saga Cruise will now bring the tour operating division together with the cruise division under Saga Cruises chief executive Robin Shaw.
The five direct reports of Jeannette Linfoot will now report directly to Robin Shaw. These are Saga Holidays managing director Maria Whiteman, Titan managing director Andy Squirrell, Destinology managing director Debbie Windle, Richard Pickering, head of Saga’s VIP chauffeur business and Simon Talbot, transformation and change director.
The decision of Linfoot to leave after leading a significant transformation of the tour operating division, driving 11% growth in top line revenue, almost doubling the division’s profits, relaunching the Saga Holidays brand, significantly increasing Saga’s share of digital business, and growing trade sales to 11% for Saga Holidays and over 30% for Titan.
But the announcement of her departure comes after the share price of Saga Cruise fell nearly 25% last week and 100 redundancies were announced across the wider group.
Before joining Saga Cruise in December 2015, Jeannette Linfoot was managing director – emerging markets at Tui.
Jeannette Linfoot started at Thomson in the year 1995 where she stayed for seven years before moving to Barcelona to lead Tui Espana between 2002-2003.
She then joined Thomas Cook as head of product and was named Young Manager of the Year at the British Travel Industry Hall of Fame.
After that she was subsequently head-hunted in 2006 to join First Choice as product director before moving to the emerging markets division as business development director in 2008 following the company’s merger with Thomson.
Jeannette Linfoot was unavailable for comment on her departure from Saga Cruise.