Red Funnel appoints new CEO

18-09-2013 Red Funnel, the Isle of Wight specialist, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin George as its new Chief Executive. 

Starting on 2 January 2014, Kevin brings a wealth of experience from the travel and tourism sector and has a strong strategic background.

Kevin joins Red Funnel from Monarch Airlines where he was the Managing Director, having previously held senior roles in operations and customer services. Over the past two years Kevin has overseen the strategic restructuring and growth of Monarch as a leading leisure airline. Prior to joining Monarch, Kevin held a range of senior management positions in British Airways, and was instrumental in many key product and service developments, including the customer experience at Heathrow Terminal 5.

A keen sailor, Kevin is a qualified yachtmaster and is very familiar with both the Solent and the Isle of Wight.

Kevin George commented, “I am delighted to be joining Red Funnel in the position of CEO at such an exciting time for the company and I look forward to the challenges of improving the guest experience to even higher levels to ensure Red Funnel remains the first choice for cross-Solent ferry travel and holidays.”
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Notes to editors:

1) Paul Winter has been acting CEO since the departure of James Fulford who left to join Condor Ferries at the end of 2012. Paul Winter will return to his role of Group Financial Director in January 2014. 

2)  Red Funnel is an integrated travel and leisure company employing some 400 people in Southampton and on the Isle of Wight. Operating the largest ro-ro ferries serving the Island and hi-speed Red Jet foot passenger catamarans, Red Funnel Ferries carry over 3 million passengers per annum on its routes between Southampton and East and West Cowes, Isle of Wight. Red Funnel also offers the widest choice of ferry inclusive holiday accommodation on the Isle of Wight which can be packaged with activities, attractions and event/festival admission.