May 24, 2012 / 6:59 AM / 6 years ago

Thomas Cook names Premier Farnell boss Green as CEO

A construction worker stands on scaffolding in front of a branch of Thomas Cook in London December 14, 2011. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - Thomas Cook (TCG.L) on Thursday said current Premier Farnell PFL.L boss Harriet Green would succeed Sam Weihagen as chief executive of the debt-laden tour operator at the end of July.

Green has been chief executive of British electronic parts distributor Premier Farnell since 2006 during which time she turned the company into a largely ecommerce operation.

“Harriet is an extremely successful executive with the right combination of international, business transformation and ecommerce experience that we need to take the group forward, and build on our strong reputation and brand,” Thomas Cook chairman Frank Meysman said in a statement.

The 170-year-old travel firm had been searching for a new chief executive, after a dire 2011 when more than half a billion euros in losses culminated in the departure of Manny Fontenla-Novoa last August.

Green will join Thomas Cook on July 30 at which time Weihagen will step down. Weihagen will remain with Thomas Cook until September 30 to help with the transition, the company said.

Thomas Cook has warned on its profits three times in the last 18 months as civil unrest in North Africa and the economic downturn in Britain hurt bookings. It has been forced to consider a number of fundraising proposals.

Earlier this month Thomas Cook agreed to sell and lease back 17 aircraft, providing 183 million pounds to ease pressure on the debt-laden British travel company after its first-half loss widened.

Premier Farnell said current chief operating officer Laurence Bain would replace Green as its chief executive in June.

Reporting by Rhys Jones; editing by Neil Maidment

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