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
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