Hanover, 14 March 2018

Birgit Conix to succeed CFO Horst Baier in autumn

  • TUI Group Supervisory Board to appoint Belgian as CFO
  • International top manager with experience across multiple sectors
  • Horst Baier to leave the Group in excellent shape after 22 years

The Belgian Birgit Conix (52) will succeed TUI Group’s CFO Horst Baier. The Group’s Supervisory Board has decided to appoint Birgit Conix as member of the Executive Board with effect from 15 July 2018. She will take over as CFO when Horst Baier (61) steps down this autumn.

Horst Baier joined TUI Group more than 22 years ago. Birgit Conix will be joining TUI from her current role as CFO of the Belgian media and telecommunications group Telenet, which she had assumed in October 2013. Prior to moving to Telenet, Conix had been Senior Finance Director Western Europe for the international brewing company Heineken since 2011. She had previously held various management and leadership positions at the global healthcare company Johnson & Johnson from 1996 to 2011. She worked in both the J&J Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices divisions at Europe, Middle East & Africa level, and was Vice President Finance at Janssen Germany, a J&J subsidiary, from 2004 to 2007. Prior to J&J, she worked at both Tenneco and Reed-Elsevier.

Birgit Conix has 25 years of experience in finance across many different industries. Having held assignments in Amsterdam, London, Queretaro/Mexico, Madrid, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf, Birgit Conix gained extensive experience in virtually all of TUI’s core markets in the course of her career. 

She studied Business Economics at Tilburg University in the Netherlands and obtained a Master of Business Administration from Booth School of Business at University of Chicago.

TUI Group’s Supervisory Board has appointed Birgit Conix for a term of three years. She will assume her role as Executive Board member with effect from 15 July 2018 and will work closely with Horst Baier until she will succeed him as CFO. He will leave the Group’s Executive Board when his current contract expires in autumn 2018.

Professor Klaus Mangold, Chairman of TUI Group’s Supervisory Board: ”With Birgit Conix, we have recruited an international top manager as CFO for our Group. With her international background and comprehensive experience from various sectors and companies, she will be a great asset to TUI. I am sure that Birgit Conix will further expand TUI’s excellent reputation among investors and in the financial market in collaboration with the current Executive Board and TUI’s employees. I am looking forward to working with her. On behalf of the Supervisory Board, I would like to thank Mr Baier very warmly for his excellent performance and his commitment to TUI. In his more than ten years as Executive Board member, he has played a crucial role in transforming the former Preussag into the world leader in tourism. Mr Baier was a key figure with a strategic vision and the strength to see it through to operational implementation during the merger of TUI Travel PLC and TUI AG. Mr Baier has been instrumental in shaping TUI and as a leadership personality with skill and expertise he is a role model for many.”

TUI’s future Executive Board will comprise six managers of German, British and Belgian nationalities. When the new CFO takes over, two of six Executive Board members will be female.

About TUI Group

TUI Group is the world’s number one tourism group operating in around 180 destinations worldwide. The company is domiciled in Germany. The TUI Group’s share is listed in the FTSE 100 index, the leading index of the London Stock Exchange, and in the German open market. In financial year 2018, TUI Group recorded turnover of €18.5bn and an operating result of €1.177bn. The Group employs 70,000 people in more than 100 countries. TUI offers its around 27 million customers, including 21 million in the national organisations in Europe, comprehensive services from a single source. It covers the entire tourism value chain under one roof. This comprises around 330 Group-owned hotels and resorts with premium brands such as RIU and Robinson as well as 17 cruise ships ranging from the MS Europa and MS Europa 2 luxury class vessels to the “Mein Schiff” fleet of TUI Cruises and the vessels of Marella Cruises in the UK. The Group also includes leading international tour operator brands, 1,600 travel agencies in Europe and five European leisure airlines with around 150 modern medium- and long-haul aircraft. Global responsibility for sustainable economic, ecological and social activity is a key feature of our corporate culture. TUI Care Foundation was founded in 2015 and supports the positive impacts of tourism, learning and education and strengthening of environmental and social standards. It contributes to the development of holiday destinations. Today, the TUI Care Foundation is active in more than 20 countries worldwide and initiates projects creating opportunities for the next generation.