As announced in March, Sören Hartmann will turn over responsibility for the tourism business to Lionel Souque, the CEO of the REWE Group, end of year and then continue to serve the company in an advisory role. From 1 January 2023, the newly created Executive Board consisting of three of DER Touristik’s most experienced top managers – Dr Ingo Burmester, Leif Vase Larsen and Boris Schnabel – will report directly to Lionel Souque. DER Touristik’s new Executive Board will assure strong operational leadership of the Group’s source markets and divisions, including key growth areas such as the destination management network and hotel business:
Dr Ingo Burmester, the CEO of Central Europe, will continue to lead the region of Germany, Austria and Switzerland and oversee the Group’s hotel business. He will also oversee Group Brand Management, Group Corporate Communications and Group Corporate Responsibility.
Leif Vase Larsen, who will remain CEO of Northern Europe, will become CEO International. In this function, he will bundle the international business, including the French, UK, Nordic, Benelux and fast-growing Eastern European markets. He will also oversee the Destination Management Companies (DMCs), Digital Transformation and IT.
Boris Schnabel, the CFO of DER Touristik Group, will oversee a range of corporate functions: Besides Group Finance and Reporting, Treasury, Risk Management, Compliance and Legal, he will assume responsibility for Corporate Strategy and Group Human Resources.
The newly appointed Executive Board will work closely with the Extended Executive Board consisting of Joao Gonzaga (Chief Digital Officer), Jiří Jelínek (CEO Eastern Europe), Dr Klaus-Ulrich Sperl (CEO DMC), Georg Schmickler (CEO Hotel Division) and Stephanie Wulf (Chief HR Officer Group) – all members of the former International Management Board.
Lionel Souque, the CEO of the REWE Group, said: “Sören Hartmann has driven the international growth of DER Touristik with tireless commitment and outstanding performance. Under his far-sighted navigation, the Group became one of the leading travel and tourism companies in Europe. With the latest acquisitions in rapidly growing Eastern European markets and the vastly expanding hotel business, he once more demonstrated his ambition and dedication to the sustainable growth of our tourism business. I want to thank him for his outstanding work over the last decade. It lays the foundation for our future success and allows DER Touristik to move one step farther as one strong group.”
Congratulating the members of the new DER Touristik Executive Board, he added: “I’m looking forward to taking on the responsibility for our travel and tourism business as an important pillar of our REWE Group’s core business and embarking together with the newly appointed Executive Board on this journey towards future growth. Today’s tourism market requires fast responses to disruptions, as the flight situation showed once more this summer. I’m confident that with this team of driven and highly experienced top managers we will be able to quickly anticipate trends and be extremely well connected on the operational level. This will be the key to our future resilience and growth.”
Sören Hartmann, the CEO of DER Touristik Group, stressed: “I am proud of the international growth we accomplished as a team and grateful for the opportunity to work with extraordinary people at DER Touristik who showed their outstanding commitment throughout the pandemic. Now that the time has come for me to pass the baton, I want to congratulate the new Executive Board members who will successfully lead the company towards further internationalisation and integration.”