announces today that it has appointed Richard Bowden-Doyle as Managing Director for its UK business. This is a significantly expanded MD role following on from lastminute.com’s extensive acquisition activity during 2003.
Richard Bowden-Doyle, aged 43, has held several senior management positions in the travel sector and joins from Thomas Cook (UK) Ltd where he was Group Development Director and Managing Director of Accoladia Ltd. Previously he was Chief Operating Officer of The Trainline.com, Managing Director of Thomson Holidays Ltd in 1996 and Marketing Director of Lunn Poly Ltd in 1993.
Richard will report directly to Ian McCaig, Chief Operating Officer.
Richard Bowden-Doyle said: “I am delighted to be joining lastminute.com at this exciting stage in the company’s development. lastminute.com is in the right place, at the right time, with the right strategy and offers a unique combination of large scale coupled with rapid growth.”
Ian McCaig said: “I am very much looking forward to welcoming Richard to the team. He is known throughout the UK travel and leisure industry as an experienced leader possessing both intellect and vision at a very high level. These attributes will be invaluable as we continue to expand rapidly and plan for the future success of lastminute.com.”
Brent Hoberman, Chief Executive Officer said: “lastminute.com is the number one European online travel and lifestyle player. We strive to delight our customers with great value inspirations and solutions every day. Richard has an excellent track record of delivering high levels of customer satisfaction and successful business management at the highest level and it’s great to have him on the team.”