Hays Travel have appointed Jonathon Woodall to the position of Chief Operating Officer following the sudden death of Founder and Managing Director John Hays.
The company said Jonathon will work with the Board and the senior leadership team to take forward the two-year business plan ‘as John and Irene intended’.
Jonathon joined Hays Travel in 2004 and has worked closely with John for more than 16 years.
Irene Hays, John’s widow and the company’s Chair said: “John was proud of the career success of our loyal, committed and talented people. Jonathon has excelled since he started, and while the circumstances of his promotion are not what anyone would have ever wanted, he has the confidence and support of everyone in the business.”
Jonathon said: “I am privileged to take John’s legacy forward alongside all of the people in Hays Travel who want to do the same. Although these are challenging times for the travel industry, we have strong plans in place.
“Irene and I will continue to reach for excellence in the way we look after our people, our customers and our suppliers.”