Hanover/Berlin, 31 July 2015

Dr Elke Eller takes over from Sebastian Ebel as HR/Labour Director

  • Extensive trade union and industrial relations experience
  • TUI Group Supervisory Board decides to establish HR/Labour Director as an independent function

The TUI Group Supervisory Board has appointed Dr Elke Eller (52) to the Executive Board as the TUI Group’s HR/Labour Director.

Dr Eller previously held board-level HR functions at Volkswagen AG, initially at Volkswagen Financial Services, from 2007 onwards. In 2012 she was appointed to the Management Board of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles with responsibility for HR. Dr Elke Eller is married with two children. She is taking over Sebastian Ebel’s  HR/Labour Director function, which he had temporarily assumed after the merger of TUI AG and TUI Travel Plc in addition to his operational responsibilities on the Group Executive Committee. Dr Eller commences work in this new function on 15 October 2015.

Dr Elke Eller began her career at the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation's Research Institute in Bonn, followed by management functions at the Public Services and Transport Union (ÖTV) and board-level positions at the IG Metall trade union, the Otto Brenner Foundation and the Hans Böckler Foundation. During these years she gained valuable experience in various supervisory board functions at ThyssenKrupp, Volkswagen and other companies.

Between 1982 and 1989 Dr Eller studied economics at the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main, graduating with a master’s degree in economics in 1989. In 2009 she commenced a post-graduate programme at the University of Paderborn and was awarded a doctorate in political science in 2013.

Dr Elke Eller is a member of the supervisory board of Nord/LB, a lecturer at the Technical University of Brunswick and President of the BPM, the German Association of HR Managers.

Professor Klaus Mangold, Chairman of the TUI AG Supervisory Board: “Dr Elke Eller will be contributing her extensive industrial and trade union relations experience to her new function as HR/Labour Director at TUI. The establishment of this independent function underlines the significance accorded by the TUI Group to modern HR management, as well as personnel and talent development. One of the key challenges facing us after the successful merger of TUI AG and TUI Travel PLC is the establishment of a strong, shared corporate culture. I am confident that, both as a member of the Executive Board and in collaboration with the management and staff, Dr Eller will make a valuable contribution to the consolidation of the TUI Group corporate culture and help us to evolve into one of the most attractive international employers.“

Kuzey Esener

Corporate Spokesperson / Head of Media Relations

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Dr. Elke Eller