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CEO of CalMac stepping down

The Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd. (CalMac) Board takes the responsibility of delivering the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service (CHFS) contract extremely seriously. It recognises, that the island communities served by CalMac have faced real challenges over this past year. These challenges are likely set to continue until new vessels are introduced to the fleet over the coming years.

In this context, the Board wants to strengthen the focus further on operational performance of an aging fleet, resilience and enhanced dialogue and responsiveness with the customers and the communities CalMac serves.

As a consequence, the Board has reviewed the Executive Leadership of the organisation to ensure that it is best placed to achieve that during some challenging years ahead. As part of that review, current CEO Robbie Drummond is stepping down with immediate effect.

Duncan Mackison, former CEO of CalMac Holding Company, David MacBrayne Ltd, has been appointed interim CEO until a permanent successor has been appointed.

The Board thanks Robbie for his efforts and wishes Robbie well in his future endeavours.


Note to editors:

Duncan Mackison has more than 25 years experience in senior executive roles at MD and CEO level responsible for the delivery of complex outsourced service contracts to government and local government customers in a variety of sectors including transport, defence, property and technology. He has significant experience in leading service transformation and change working for companies such as G4S, Serco, Buccleuch Group David Macbrayne and Biffa, with responsibility for annual contract income values up to £400m and staff numbers up to 5,000. Educated at The Glasgow Academy, his early career was as an officer in the Royal Marines.

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