CALEDONIAN MacBrayne’s new managing director, Martin Dorchester, began work with the ferry operator on Monday.
According to a news release issued by the company, Mr Dorchester was, until recently, chief operating officer with Spicerhaart Group, the UK’s largest independent property company.
Mr Dorchester, who will fully take over from interim MD Gary Robertson on May 11, also “brings significant senior management experience from previous roles with Dixon’s Store Group, Argos plc, the London Borough of Hackney, Maersk/Norfolkline, B&Q and J Sainsbury”.
Archie Robertson, chief executive of the David MacBrayne Group, which includes CalMac Ferries Ltd, said:
“We’re delighted to have secured the services of a senior manager with a proven track record in a number of sectors relevant in a ferry transport and logistics business such as ours.
“We were looking for an individual with a proven track record in delivering sustainable growth through commercial and market development strategies and in Martin we have found that individual.
“We can trace our roots back to 1851 but, with the lifeline services we currently provide due to be retendered by the Scottish Government in 2013, the next 12 months will be some of the most important in our history.
Mr Dorchester, a married man with two grown-up children and a daughter at secondary school, lives in Alyth, Perthshire.
He said: “CalMac is an iconic brand with a long and proud history. I’m hugely looking forward to leading the business at such an important time in its development.
“The focus will be on the continuing development of superb levels of customer satisfaction and operational delivery and to fine-tuning the process of making the company ready for the contract re-tender initiative next year.”