By a County Press reporter
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
RED Funnel has appointed a new chief executive.
Kevin George will take over from acting chief executive, Paul Winter, on January 2.
He joins the company from Monarch Airlines where he was the managing director, having previously held senior roles in operations and customer services. He has also held a range of senior management positions in British Airways.
Mr George, a qualified yachtmaster, said he was delighted to be joining Red Funnel at such an exciting time for the company.
He said: "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."
Mr Winter will return to his role of group financial director in January.
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by Russell Palin
20th September 2013, at 10:01:47
"guest experience" Go back 20 years and smell the toast and cheery smile from people who love their jobs. The Yarmouth ferry is still the most civilized on the Solent. The Waverley of course is the Most Civilized ferry type vessel on the planet. It does not mess around, the staff are excellent and the journey is always a pleasure.Their thats what I think .Good luck Mr George
by TED PARKER
19th September 2013, at 19:41:49
Sell two - and enjoy the on-board breakfast !
by Dave Coombs
19th September 2013, at 15:21:47
I assume Mr George will take a look at the outrageous cost to Islanders travelling to the bog rock? No, oh well then, I will have to sell another organ....
by roger mazillius
19th September 2013, at 12:16:01
It takes all types Ted!
19th September 2013, at 10:53:20
Now that WAS funny....
19th September 2013, at 10:37:53
Martin, I accept your criticism and do apologise to anyone else who felt offended.I was actually responding to Mike Crowe's 18/9 post "can we expect Red Funnel to hit rock bottom". and also carrying on a long British tradition of punning the Italians going back to WWII!It also has to be said in my "defence" that I could not imagine a British sea Captain acting so negligently and appallingly by (a) running the ship into close onshore rocks and (b) abandoning ship before his passengers using as an excuse "I fell into the lifeboat"!So as regards that person, I make no apologies but do so to other Italians etc who like you were offended by my light-hearted comment.Phew!
19th September 2013, at 10:34:45
Lighten up - it was HOW long ago. If it impacted on you personally, then I could see your point - but humour is humour, i.e. very much a matter of personal taste. It made me giggle!!
by Martin Miller
18th September 2013, at 23:23:10
As recent events come to some sort of closure in Italy, I do believe that Mr Mazillius' comment about an 'Italian Skipper' is somewhat distasteful, and insensitive under the circumstances.A pun is all very well, and light hearted, but not when there is tragedy behind it.
by B Lane
18th September 2013, at 21:43:23
Part of the problem with the Yarmouth crossing is Lymington Harbour have moved the mud moorings further into the channel every year in recent times which as a consequence has narrowed the channel to the point that 2 ferries can no longer pass along the length of them.Now if you believe in conspiracy theories you'd ask yourself if this has been done to make life as difficult as possible for the ferry ....
18th September 2013, at 20:38:42
It's still a speedboat compared to the Lymington Crossing - I'm sure they just pull the ropes and float across these days. And all to avoid a bit of water spillage into a moorhen's nest. The Saturday flotilla of 'hooray henry's' in their 'gin palaces' surely cause much more damage ??
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