Ferry chief Chris Newey goes in DFDS shake-up
by business editor Trevor
A cross-Channel ferry chief has stepped down in a shake-up by
ferry operator DFDS.
Chris Newey has run the Norfolkline and DFDS Seaways passenger
services between Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais for eight
His departure follows the merger of DFDS operations in Dover and
Newcastle into a single organisation.
"Building and developing the international passenger proposition
first with Norfolkline and then with DFDS Seaways over the last
eight years has been great fun," he said.
"I feel very proud to have taken the business from a fledgling
passenger enterprise into the second largest ferry service on the
Channel and have been privileged to have been able to build such a
talented and supportive international sales and marketing
Peder Gellert Pedersen, executive vice president and head of
DFDS' Shipping Division, hailed Mr Newey's "outstanding
contribution to the development of our passenger services on the
He had grown the car traffic market from 6% to 40%. "We are
extremely grateful for his important contribution to our success on
the Channel and wish him all the best in his future career."
Carsten Jensen, managing director of DFDS Seaways English
Channel services, said: "The purpose of merging the two existing
organisations into one is to achieve stronger visibility and make
it easier for our customers to find us, use our services and book
their travel with us."
UK sales will be headed by Max Foster, while Pete Akerman,
becomes head of UK marketing and strategy.
DFDS also operates the Newhaven to Dieppe, Portsmouth to Le
Havre, Newcastle to Amsterdam, and Harwich to Esbjerg routes.
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