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Various tributes have been paid to the FTSE 100 chief executive who has died alongside his family in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve.
Richard Cousins, who is 58 years old, is the outgoing CEO of Compass Group, the largest catering firm in the world. He died in a seaplane crash that happened near Sydney Harbour on the 31st of December 2017.
The two sons of Cousin’s, Edward, 23, and William, 25, were also killed in the crash together with Emma Bowden, 48, his fiancee, and her daughter Heather, 11. Gareth Morgan, the plane’s pilot, 44, also died in the accident.
Paul Walsh, the chairman of Compass stated: “It has been a great privilege to know Richard personally and to work with him for the last few years. Richard was known and respected for his great humanity and a no-nonsense style that transformed Compass into one of Britain’s leading companies.”
It was reported that Cousins had already been planning for his retirement, and he was expected to leave the company by the end of March 2018. Following the death of Cousins, the company has confirmed that his successor will take over as the chief executive three months earlier than what was initially planned.
Dominic Blakemore, the new CEO of Compass stated: “We are all stunned and upset at this tragic news, and our thoughts are with the families and friends of Richard and Emma.
“For the past six years, Richard has been a friend and mentor to me. He combined Yorkshire grit with a wonderful sense of humour. It was his ability to lead and inspire his colleagues around the world that made Compass the success it is today.”