The DG Compass killed in a plane crash in Australia


MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The chief executive of Compass Group (LON:CPG), the world leader in catering, has been killed with five other people, including four relatives, in an accident of seaplane in Australia, the new year’s eve, announced on Monday the police.

Richard Cousins, who was 58 years old, had announced that he would leave his post on march 31 next. Compass has announced in a press release that its successor, Dominic Blakemore, will take office on 1 January instead of 1 April as planned.

The aircraft crashed Sunday near Cowan in a river north of Sydney, announced the head of the police of New South Wales Mark Hutchings. An investigation was opened to determine the causes of the accident. The plane lies 13 meters deep.

The australian press has identified the victims as two of the sons of Richard Cousins, Edward Cousins, aged 23, and William Cousins, 25 years old, his companion and the latter’s daughter. The pilot of the aircraft, Gareth Morgan, 44, is also deceased.

The chair of Compass, Paul Walsh, has confirmed in a statement that the disappearance of the one who led the group for the past eleven years.

Under his leadership, Compass Group has grown to become one of the most successful companies of the FTSE 100 index , the flagship index of the London stock Exchange.

Richard Cousins was also named by Harvard Business Review as one of the bosses of the most productive in the world.

(Alana Schetzer; Tangi Salaün and Danielle Rouquié for the French service)

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