Riviera Travel Chief Commercial Officer Jim Forward is leaving the business to become Chief Executive of Hoburne Group, a holiday and property development company based in the south west.
Former Saga Travel CEO Robin Shaw has been brought in on an interim basis while the company looks for a permanent replacement.
Mr Forward said: “I am sorry to be leaving Riviera. Moving on to Hoburne Group will provide me with a new and different challenge, but I very much enjoyed my time at Riviera, the business has a very bright future, and I learned a great deal working with Phil and the team.”
Riviera Chief Executive Phil Hullah said: “I want to pay tribute to Jim. In his three years with Riviera, he has made a major contribution developing a highly focussed and effective marketing and commercial approach. He has excellent business acumen and was a fine colleague. I am sure that both he and Hoburne will thrive.
“Riviera’s management team remains focussed on preparing for the resumption of international travel. Our passion is for curating and delivering exceptional, award-winning holiday experiences.
“I am confident that we can capitalise on the pent-up demand for travel and meet the commercial challenges of re-building the business. In doing so we will provide a sustainable, successful and growing future for our business partners and our people.
“Whilst we search for a permanent replacement for Jim, ex-Saga Travel CEO Robin Shaw will provide the Riviera team with additional business and commercial support.”