The board of London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s international promotional company, has today announced that Gordon Innes has decided to move on as the Chief Executive Officer of the company. Mr Innes joined London & Partners in 2011, shortly after the company was formed, following the merger of VisitLondon, ThinkLondon and StudyLondon. He will leave the company at the end of this week, having served five years in the post, to take up a private sector role in New York City.
The process to appoint a new Chief Executive is underway and being led by London & Partners’ Chairman, and Deputy Mayor of London for Business and Enterprise, Rajesh Agrawal. 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.
Rajesh Agrawal, Chairman of London & Partners 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.”
Since London & Partners was formed the company has:
· Secured London’s position as the world’s most popular visitor destination, with tourism numbers growing 20 per cent and visitor spend growing 35 per cent,
· Attracted investment and spend worth over £1.2bn, which has created or secured more than 38,000 additional jobs in London,
· Retained London’s position as a top destination for foreign direct investment and a leading destination for international students,
· Raised London’s ranking as a destination for international congresses from 19th to 5th with London now ranking 2nd for congress delegate numbers, and
· Delivered a return on investment of 18:1 (2015/16).
London & Partners has also played a key role in developing iconic events and campaigns for the city such as: RideLondon, London Technology Week and London’s Autumn Cultural Season. It actively supports London’s tech community, generates revenue for the city through the Dot London domain and has raised the profile of London’s Life Science community, having helped establish MedCity. London & Partners is also now ranked as one of the best companies to work for by the Sunday Times top 100 companies.
Gordon Innes commented: “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.”