Wendy Kenneally steps down from her role at Kuoni
After building a 30-year career with Kuoni, Wendy Kenneally has decided to take voluntary redundancy and will step down from her position as director of commercial and operations on 30th April.
Wendy began her career with Kuoni in 1989 originally joining as correspondence executive in Customer Services. Over the years she has held key purchasing and commercial positions and is well loved by many of the company’s airline, hotel and destination partners in the UK and overseas.
Wendy said: “It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to take voluntary redundancy and will leave the business 30 April. The heavy heart is not because of the decision to do so; that feels very right for me and I am thoroughly looking forward to just having more time to spend with family and friends and doing things I want to do without constraints. The hard thing is leaving so many great people behind; the many colleagues and business partners who have become friends over the years.”
“I have so many fond and fun memories of everyone. I feel nothing but gratitude for working for such a brilliant company with the very best people in the industry.”
“I will watch from the side-lines, wishing Kuoni and all the individuals who make it what it is, nothing but success.”
Sheena Paton, Matt May and Darren Grahame-Betts will take over responsibility for purchasing, commercial and operations & customer services respectively working closely with CEO Derek Jones.
Derek Jones said: “Wendy is, quite simply, one of the best in the business. She personified what Kuoni is all about and she will be greatly missed by all of us.
In recent years she took a keen interest in coaching and developing her team, including those who will take the reins when she leaves us and she’s done that brilliantly so her work will continue in great hands.”
“I’d like to thank Wendy for all she has done and wish her every happiness for the future.”
Kuoni Travel UK is part of DER Touristik, one of Europe’s leading travel groups. Kuoni has continued to set the pace in luxury worldwide travel in the UK market for the past 55 years and is regularly voted one of the best holiday companies in the country by readers of national newspapers and travel industry titles. The company excels in creating tailor-made holidays and honeymoons to more than 90 destinations around the world. Since 2008 Kuoni has grown its retail network across the UK and can be found in 48 locations on premium high streets and in selected John Lewis department stores. Each store is unique in design and showcases Kuoni’s Personal Travel Experts and personalised customer service.