Compass Group names replacement after death of CEO Richard Cousins

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UK: Dominic Blakemore will take on the role of chief executive following tragic death of Richard Cousins

Hospitality services provider Compass Group has announced that Dominic Blakemore will assume the role of chief executive earlier than planned following the tragic death of Richard Cousins.

Cousins died on New Year's Eve in a seaplane accident. He was travelling with his two sons, his fiancé and her daughter when the plane went down in the Hawkesbury River near the suburb of Cowan in Australia. The accident killed all those onboard, including the pilot.

Compass Group chairman Paul Walsh said: "We are deeply shocked and saddened by this terrible news. The thoughts of everyone at Compass are with Richard's family and friends, and we extend our deepest sympathies to them. It has been a great privilege to know Richard personally and to work with him for the last few years. Richard was known and respected for his great humanity and a no-nonsense style that transformed Compass into one of Britain's leading companies."

Cousins was appointed group chief executive of Compass in 2006, following six years as CEO of building materials company BPB. He was due to step down as chief executive in March, when Blakemore was set to take charge.

He was a graduate of Sheffield and Lancaster universities and started his career in the group operational department of Cadbury-Schweppes, where he was involved in market research.


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