Eurostar unveils new UK sales team

18 Oct 2006

Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train service that links the UK with France and Belgium, today (18 October 2006) unveiled its new look UK Sales Team.
Eurostar's Director of Sales, Emma Harris has appointed Jason Geall as the new Head of UK Sales to take responsibility for both the Business and Leisure Sales teams. Jason joined Eurostar in August 2005 as Head of Business Sales. Prior to this was he was National Sales Manager for six years at www.jobsite.co.uk. He has also held management roles in retail with both Sears and the Kingfisher Group.
Supporting Jason will be Darren Williams as General Manager – Business Sales and David Gardner as General Manager – Leisure Sales.
Darren Williams has been at Eurostar over ten years and began his career in Customer Services. He joined the Business Sales team in September 2003 and for the last eighteen months has been a Senior Account Manager. As General Manager – Business Sales, Darren will be responsible for managing the business sales team, responsible for all corporate and trade relationships; along with all key business partners.
As General Manager – Leisure Sales, David Gardener is responsible for managing the leisure sales team and maintaining Eurostar's relationships with its key partners in the leisure sales sector, including: tour operators, travel agents and online portals. He joined Eurostar in 1999 as a Corporate Account Manager and joined the Leisure Sales team as Senior Account Manager in 2003.
Jason Geall, Head of UK Sales, said: "I am delighted at the new appointments to the senior Sales team. Both Darren and David bring a wealth of experience and expert knowledge of the industry needs to these important roles."
"Eurostar is currently enjoying a record year and the new team will ensure that this momentum is carried forward as we head towards the opening of the UK high-speed line and Eurostar's move from Waterloo to St Pancras International in autumn 2007."
In the third quarter (July-September) of 2006 Eurostar carried 2.15 million travellers – an increase of 9.9% against the same period the previous year. Sales revenue rose by 21% to £130 million.
Train punctuality in the same period averaged 91.4%. This included a week last month when Eurostar recorded its best ever weekly punctuality of 98%.-ends-
Editor's Notes:
Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking London, Ashford, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Avignon, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris and the French Alps.
2. Eurostar has won the title of "World's Leading Rail Service" for the last nine years at the World Travel Awards.
3. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are two entirely different companies with two different management teams. Eurostar is Eurotunnel's largest customer.
4. In autumn 2007, Eurostar will switch from Waterloo International to St. Pancras International. Journey times will fall further with London-Paris down to 2h 15m; London-Brussels in 1h 51m and London-Lille just 1h20m.
5. To book tickets for Eurostar, or to find out more information, go to www.eurostar.com , call 08705 186186 or contact your travel agent.
For more information:
Eurostar Press Office+44 (0)20 7922 4494press.office@eurostar.co.uk