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16.05.13

Eurostar appoints Clare Hollingsworth as new chairman

Clare Hollingsworth has been appointed chairman of Eurostar International, succeeding Richard Brown from 1 July.

Brown is now chairman of the Department for Transport’s Franchise Advisory Panel after over a decade with Eurostar.

Hollingsworth joined the board of Eurostar as an independent non-executive director in 2010. She is also on the boards of Savills, the real estate advisor, Virgin Healthcare, Molnlycke AB, a Swedish medical technology company and Spire Healthcare. Prior to her non-executive roles she was chief executive officer at Spire Healthcare and its predecessor business, BUPA Hospitals.

Brown said: “It has been a great privilege to be at the heart of Eurostar’s growth and expansion over the last decade but the time is right for me to hand over the reins. 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.”

Hollingsworth said: “I am delighted to be taking on the chairmanship of Eurostar at this time. 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.”

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