Chief Executive Officer
Simon's career with Thomas Cook spanned 16 years from 1997 to 2013. Simon progressed his career in the hotel and leisure industry, from front line customer service and commercial roles to CEO of Thomas Cook's retail joint venture, with responsibility for £4.5bn of revenues together with 6 multi-channel and 3 product businesses.
After working in Germany in a shareholder relations capacity, Simon was appointed Product Director, Tour Operations in 2001, generating revenues of £1bn, and heading the rebranding strategy of three customer Lifestyle brands.
In 2003, he was appointed as Retail Director, leading a network of 480 retail stores each selling travel and financial services products. In 2007, following the merger of Thomas Cook with Mytravel, he was promoted to Managing Director, Multi-Channel Retail (UK), assuming responsibility for £3.5bn of revenues incorporating all ecommerce businesses for one of the UK's most visited websites, 800 retail outlets and Call Centres.
In 2010, Simon joined Thomas Cook's European Online Travel Agency as MD for the UK region. In late 2011, he was appointed CEO of a newly created retail joint venture consisting of ecommerce, retail and specialist businesses with an Operating profit of £56m & 9'000 employees and sitting on 3 Group Boards.
Mohammed Sohail Bhatti is a Fellow of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), and has served as finance and non-executive director of a number of private and quoted companies for more than 20 years. In 1998, he joined Transcomm plc, an AIM quoted telecommunications group as finance director for one of its subsidiary undertakings and served for 6 years until its acquisition by British Telecom in 2004. Later that year he supported the private equity acquisition of a former Ericsson data radio technology company, and founded Woodhouse Price Limited, a licensed accountancy practice.