City Cruises parent Hornblower Group has appointed Kevin Rabbitt as chief executive.

Rabbitt is expected to move from tele-production services provider NEP Group in July.

Founder, chairman and current chief executive Terry MacRae will move into an executive chairman role. He said: “Kevin brings an entrepreneurial mindset and tremendous business expertise to Hornblower and is well qualified to helm our organization in the challenging times ahead. Kevin’s track record combined with his understanding of our business, made him a great fit for the position.”

Rabbitt has been an independent member of the Hornblower board since 2018

His previous roles include a stint at management consultants Bain & Co, and events firm Global Experience Specialists, where he was chief executive.

Rabbitt’s appointment comes as many parts of the group’s operations prepare to resume operations when current pandemic restrictions are lifted.

He said. “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.”

City Cruises, the largest tour boat operator on the River Thames with operations in York and Poole, was acquired by Hornblower Group on November 1, 2019.