Hanover, 4 December 2020

TUI's Executive Board Member responsible for HR, Dr. Elke Eller, will not extend her term of office beyond October 2021

  • Supervisory Board will decide on succession in the coming months

Dr. Elke Eller, member of the Executive Board as TUI Group´s HR and Labour Director, has decided not to extend her contract which expires in October 2021. Elke Eller: "After many years of operational and strategic responsibility in companies and six intensive years on the TUI Executive Board, I would like to move on to the next phase at the end of 2021. That is why I informed the Supervisory Board at an early stage that I do not wish to extend my existing contract beyond October 2021."

Elke Eller joined TUI in 2015 from Volkswagen and, in addition to Human Resources, she also took over responsibility for Security, Health and Safety and Group Insurance. Following the takeover of the TUI Travel Plc. by TUI AG at the end of 2014, she successfully integrated the HR departments of markets and subsidiary companies. The focus of her work was on the development of a contemporary corporate and working culture, the use of digital solutions in HR, and developing TUI into a company in which employees can excel and realise their full potential. As TUI Group´s HR Director, Elke Eller worked closely with her colleagues in the Group Executive Committee, the Group Works Council and the TUI Europa Forum (European Works Council) to promote new working time and workplace models at an early stage. They are proving particularly effective during the Corona pandemic.

Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of TUI AG: "On behalf of the entire Supervisory Board, I would like to thank Dr Eller for her great commitment to TUI. TUI's Human Resources department is now international, efficient and digitally organised. Strategic and modern HR management and people development will continue to be a top priority for the Supervisory Board and Executive Board. Dr. Eller has set an important course that will continue to have an effect in the future. She informed us of her decision early. This gives the Supervisory time to make a decision in the coming months and to ensure a professional handover together with Elke Eller."

Fritz Joussen, CEO of TUI AG: "Elke Eller has not only decisively shaped the change in corporate culture, but in particular has promoted mobile and flexible working in all areas of the Group. Particularly in the pandemic, it pays off that TUI has positioned itself here in a future-proof manner in recent years. The pandemic will constrain TUI and the tourism sector as a whole until well into the spring. I am pleased that Elke Eller is still on board with all her energy and will prepare well for the handover of activity."

About TUI Group

TUI Group is one of the world's leading tourism groups and operates worldwide. The Group is headquartered in Germany. TUI shares are listed on the FTSE 250, an index of the London Stock Exchange, on the regulated market of the Hanover Stock Exchange and on the Open Market segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The TUI Group offers integrated services from a single source for its 27 million customers, 21 million of them in the European national companies.

The entire tourism value chain is covered under one roof. This includes over 400 hotels and resorts with premium brands such as RIU, TUI Blue and Robinson and 16 cruise ships, from the MS Europa and the MS Europa 2 in the luxury class and expedition ships to the Mein Schiff fleet of TUI Cruises and cruise ships at Marella Cruises in Great Britain. The Group also includes leading tour operator brands and online marketing platforms across Europe, five airlines with more than 100 modern medium and long-haul aircraft and over 1,000 travel agencies. In addition to expanding its core business with hotels, cruises via successful joint ventures and activities in holiday destinations, TUI is increasingly focusing on the expansion of digital platforms. The Group is transforming itself into a digital company.

Global responsibility for sustainable economic, ecological and social action is at the core of our corporate culture. The TUI Care Foundation, initiated by TUI, focuses on the positive effects of tourism, on education and training and on strengthening environmental and social standards with projects in 25 countries. It thus supports holiday destinations in their development.