Eurostar appoints Clare Hollingsworth as chairman

Eurostar appoints Clare Hollingsworth as chairman

Former Caledonian Airways boss Clare Hollingsworth has been named as chairman of Eurostar.

She succeeds Richard Brown who is stepping down when his three-year term as chairman ends on June 30.

Brown’s move follows a decision earlier this year to become chairman of the Department for Transport’s franchise advisory panel in addition to other non-executive roles.

Hollingsworth, who spent 20 years at British Airways including a spell as managing director of Caledonian Airways, joined the Eurostar board as a non-executive director in 2010. She is also a non-executive director of Spire Healthcare, Virgin Healthcare Holdings, Molnlycke AB, a Swedish medical technology company and estate agent Savills.

She said: “Over the last three years the business has been transformed into a successful private entity delivering strong growth in passenger numbers and profitability.

“With the arrival of a new fleet of trains and the launch of additional services over the next couple of years, we are entering a new phase and I look forward to supporting the Eurostar team in driving the future growth of the business.”

Brown said: “Eurostar is now an internationally respected brand and I have every confidence that it will go from strength to strength in the future.

“With her knowledge of the company and her experience of consumer-facing businesses, Clare is perfectly placed to lead the board through the next phase of Eurostar’s development.”

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