Hornblower Group names new CEO

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Kevin Rabbitt

Kevin Rabbitt has been appointed CEO of small passenger vessel specialist Hornblower Group. He is expected to take up the role in July, while founder, Chairman and current CEO Terry MacRae will continue as Executive Chairman.

“Kevin brings an entrepreneurial mindset and tremendous business expertise to Hornblower and is well qualified to helm our organization in the challenging times ahead,” said MacRae. “Kevin’s track record combined with his understanding of our business, made him a great fit for the position.”

A member of the Hornblower Board since 2018, Rabbitt joins from NEP Group, a global provider of tele-production services for major events, where he has been CEO since 2012. Under his leadership, the company expanded its operations from two to 24 countries, delivered exceptional results for shareholders and created an impressive suite of client solutions.

Kansas City native Rabbitt, has had a career stretching two decades. This includes a stint at management consultants Bain & Co, and Las Vegas-based Global Experience Specialists, a leading producer of face to face events and expositions, where he advanced to be President and CEO while refocusing and growing the business post 9/11.

Hornblower says that Rabbitt’s appointment comes at a pivotal time for the group as many of its businesses prepare to resume operations when current pandemic restrictions are lifted.

“Hornblower is a business I’ve long admired, and I am honored that Terry is entrusting me to take his vision forward,” said Rabbitt. “In these unprecedented times, there will be challenges alongside opportunities. And I look forward to ensuring that the business is well positioned to come out stronger in the months ahead.”

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