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London & Partners CEO Innes set to leave capital

Global search to replace Gordon Innes as chief executive at London's convention bureau is underway

Pictured: Gordon Innes

London & Partners CEO Gordon Innes has left the role after five years. Innes joined London & Partners in 2011, shortly after the company was formed following the merger of VisitLondon, ThinkLondon and StudyLondon. He leaves to take up a private sector role in New York.

The process to appoint a new chief executive is underway and being led by Rajesh Agrawal, London & Partners’ chairman and deputy mayor of London for business and enterprise. It will include a global search to be carried out by Odgers Berndtson. In the interim, the role of chief executive will be filled by Andrew Cooke, the company’s chief operating officer and deputy chief executive.

Agrawal said: “Gordon Innes has been instrumental in raising the reputation of London as a leading destination for inward investment, tourism, higher education and culture, and I wish him well for his next challenge. The board of London & Partners will now work diligently to appoint a successor and we will make a further announcement in due course.”

Innes said: “It has been an honour to serve London as the chief executive of London & Partners and I am enormously proud of the company’s success and extraordinary achievements. London is the most open, outward looking and welcoming city on earth. As a Londoner, married to a New Yorker, I will be enormously sad to leave. But I do so confident for London’s continued global success.”

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