Leeds-based travel deals comparison site Icelolly.com has announced the immediate departure of chief executive Dave Clayton.

In a brief statement released today, the firm said Andrew Latham has been appointed as interim chief executive.

Advertisers were being told of the change in management yesterday ahead of the announcement being made public.

Icelolly relocated at the beginning of the year from its original base in Bradford to refitted offices in Leeds, with the intention of tapping into the local talent pool.

Last September the company completed a £17 million management buyout led by Clayton and backed by Palatine Private Equity.

Clayton, who was previously managing director of agency consortium Global Travel Group, joined Icelolly in September 2012.

The statement from Icelolly said: “Holiday price comparison site Icelolly can confirm chief executive Dave Clayton has left the business.

“The board would like to thank Dave for his contribution to the business during his tenure.

“Andrew Latham has joined as interim chief executive to lead the business. He has extensive experience leading large brands particularly in the hotels and leisure sector.”

Latham has previously worked for Compass Group, Surrey Free Inns and Greenalls.

Icelolly said it could not comment any further on the reasons behind Clayton’s departure.