Sunvil Group’s operations director Chris Wright has been promoted to managing director after Noel Josephides announced a move to chairman.
Josephides has taken the role of chairman with immediate effect, after spending 25 years as managing director.
He will continue to play an active part in the business focusing on new destinations and roles at The Travel Foundation, ABTA and AITO.
Wright, who joined Sunvil in 2006 and is described as Josephides ‘right-hand man’ since, is keen to develop its online reach.
“I am thrilled to take on the role of managing director of Sunvil. I intend to uphold and strengthen all of Sunvil’s core values – its pioneering approach to new destinations and environmental initiatives, its expertise in and dedication to quality holidays – while driving the Sunvil brand forward. As the business increases in complexity, just one of the things I will be looking to grow and improve is our online strategy,” said Wright.
Josephides added: “I am as passionate as ever about Sunvil but the time has come to relinquish some of my responsibilities. Chris is exceptionally well-placed to move the business forward in this web-based travel age: he has a different skill set that is well-suited to the current challenges of the industry. Chris and I have worked alongside each other for many years – he knows Sunvil intimately and I’m absolutely confident that his transition into the role of managing director will be a smooth one.”
Founding partner John de Parthog is to become founder director of Sunvil in the move.