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GNER

New Chief Executive at GNER
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date
31 August 2006
source GNER
type Press release



TRAIN operator GNER today announced that Jonathan Metcalfe is being promoted to become the new Chief Executive Officer of the company with effect from tomorrow, 1st September.

Mr Metcalfe has been with GNER since 1996 and is currently Chief Operating Officer. He replaces Christopher Garnett, who is stepping down as Chief Executive of GNER today.

Mr Metcalfe will report directly to Bob MacKenzie, Chief Executive of GNER’s parent company, Sea Containers. Mr MacKenzie becomes Executive Chairman of GNER from tomorrow, 1st September.

Mr Metcalfe will have four direct reports: Richard McClean, Operations Director; Michelle Drage, Commercial Director; Tom Fielden, Financial Director; and Helen Thornton, Acting Human Resources Director.

As a result of these changes, directors Shaun Mills, Mike Gooddie and Clare Field will be leaving GNER.

Mr MacKenzie said: “I believe this new organisational structure will serve us well to address the significant commercial challenges we have to face going forward.

“I would like to thank Shaun, Mike and Clare for their significant contribution in building GNER into the high-quality train operator that it is today.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

GNER operates 123 weekday train services along the East Coast Main Line, linking Scotland with North East England, Yorkshire, East Midlands and London King’s Cross.


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