People - Ian Ailles

Ian Ailles is a Special Advisor to Otus

Ian Ailles is a Special Advisor to Otus and an independent consultant to the travel industry.
He was until 2014 CEO of the UK business of Thomas Cook and a member of the Group Executive Committee. Immediately prior to that he was MD EMEAI Rentals (Wyndham Exchange and Rentals) and a Member of Global Executive Committee. Before joining Wyndham he was Deputy CEO and MD, Specialist Businesses at Thomas Cook, having held various roles at Thomas Cook over eight years including Group Finance Director of Thomas Cook Limited (responsible for UK, India, Canada and Egypt) and Director of Corporate Finance and Strategy.
Before joining Thomas Cook he was a banker working at NatWest markets.
Ian qualified as an accountant with Ernst & Young in 1990 and has a degree in Economics from Durham University.
His board experience has included: 2014-current: Chairman: Intuitive Systems Ltd (private equity backed); 2011-2014: Chairman: Thomas Cook/Co-op retail joint venture; 2004-2012: Chairman: Federation of Tour Operators; and 2001-2006: NED: Thomas Cook India (Quoted Mumbai Stock Exchange).

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