Interim management board formed to lead Marketing Edinburgh following CEO resignation
Following the resignation of tourism body Marketing Edinburgh’s CEO Lucy Bird, a number of senior figures from Edinburgh organisations such as the University of Edinburgh, National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh Airport and the City of Edinburgh Council will lead the body on an interim basis.
A management group has been formed to lead Marketing Edinburgh which will be chaired by Edinburgh Airport’s director of communications Gordon Robertson, who will work alongside Sue Stuart, director of operation and director of marketing Alan Gibson.
The interim group will include Robertson as chair, Gordon Rintoul, director of National Museums Scotland; Alan Johnston, chair of Marketing Edinburgh; Councillor Frank Ross; Derek McCulloch, Gillespie Macandrew and Richard Kington from the University of Edinburgh.
They will aim to ensure the business plan for the body is maintained to continue to encourage tourism and attract film and TV productions into the city.
The will also oversee the internal restructure.
Robertson explained: "Marketing Edinburgh and its work holds tremendous value to the city and has to remain on-track whilst the search for a new chief executive is planned. By lending our experience and support to Sue and Alan's very capable management, we hope that progress made by Marketing Edinburgh so far gains momentum, fulfilling the aspirations of both its public and private sector partners."
Bird resigned following a fall out over the recent advertising campaign slogan 'Incrediburgh' that was leaked to the press ahead of launch under controversial circumstances and then dropped.
The recruitment of Bird’s successor is expected to take place after the first quarter of 2013.