You’re hired: TV’s Apprentice finalist in 2011 & former Tyrone GAA star Jim Eastwood joins Travel Counsellors

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On BBC’s The Apprentice, tycoon Alan Sugar called him “the world’s greatest salesman”. Now Jim Eastwood will be putting those skills to good use as Travel Counsellors’ new global sales director.

Eastwood, a finalist in the seventh season of the reality TV show back in 2011, was born in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, and is a former Irish cycling champion, who played minor and under-21 for Tyrone. His most recent jobs was as Vice President of sales for Ireland and Britain with Groupon before Joining Travel Counsellor’s on Monday. His father is a cousin of Barry McGuigan;s manager Barney Eastwood..

Jim Eastwood, Travel Counsellors

Jim Eastwood, Travel Counsellors

Eastwood will be responsible for driving Travel Counsellors’ leisure and corporate sales internationally, working across all areas of the company including marketing, business development and recruitment to identify opportunities for growth and improvement. He will also be working closely with the company’s Travel Counsellor franchisees to continue to improve the support it offers globally.

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Steve Byrne, chief executive at Travel Counsellors, said: “Jim not only has a wealth of experience and talent, but he also shares the ethos and values of the company, putting people and customers at the heart of everything. Jim also has considerable experience of working on a global scale, which will be crucial when it comes to supporting our 1,600 Travel Counsellors across the world.”

Eastwood added: “What attracted me to Travel Counsellors is its overwhelming commitment to customer service, and the personal relationships that Travel Counsellors develop with their client base. The business has demonstrated outstanding levels of growth in recent years, and I’m hoping to be a key component in continuing to drive this in the coming months.”

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