Ensemble Travel Group’s President steps down

Libbie Rice the latest senior executive to depart company since April

Ensemble Travel Group has confirmed its President Libbie Rice will be standing down from the role effective 10 September 2019 after eight years and nine months with the company. Rice joined Ensemble as Co-President with Lindsay Pearlman in January 2011.

In mid-March of this year, Ensemble Travel Group announced the appointment of David Harris to the newly created role of Chief Executive Officer.

Libbie Rice, the departing President of Ensemble Travel Group
Libbie Rice, the departing President of Ensemble Travel Group

Since Harris’ appointment, the travel company’s Senior Vice President and General Manager Australia/New Zealand, Trish Shepherd, has stood down from her position after four years in the role, replaced by Katy Muyt in late April. In June, Pearlman announced his departure after 12 years of service, a move that saw Rice take the title of standalone President for the group.

“Riding on the heels of four record breaking years of profitability in North America,  the completion of a three year planning cycle and our new CEO being in place for five months, it felt like the right time to step away,” Rice told LATTE. “I realised that I wanted to take a break before exploring other opportunities.”

In a statement, Rice said the decision to move on was “definitely a difficult on for me to make”, adding that the company was in good hands.

“There have been four years of growth and now, our new CEO is in place to lead the company into the next decade,” Rice said in a statement.

Libbie Rice (third from left) at the christening of AmaWaterways' AmaMora in July 2019

Harris said, “On behalf of the entire team at Ensemble, we thank Libbie for her nearly nine years of service and leadership and wish her the very best in the next chapter. We are truly appreciative of Libbie’s dedication to Ensemble and know that the passion for travel that she brought to our business will also serve her well in the future.”

In July, Rice was bestowed with the honour of christening AmaWaterways newest river ship, AmaMora.

Prior to joining Ensemble Travel Group, Rice had worked in senior roles at American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Starwood Hotels & Resorts (now Marriott International).

Lead image: Libbie Rice and Lindsay Pearlman at a recent annual meeting | Image credit: Travel Market Report

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