Boss of Poole-based Merlin Entertainments named CEO of the Year

Bournemouth Echo: Nick Varney Nick Varney

THE boss of Poole-based tourist attraction operator Merlin Entertainments has been named CEO of the Year in the South West.

Nick Varney was awarded the title by the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) and now goes on to the national final on June 18.

Merlin operates a host of leading tourist attractions, including Madame Tussauds, Legoland, Alton Towers, the Blackpool Tower, Thorpe Park and Sea Life.

Merlin took three prizes in the BVCA Management Team Awards, which celebrate UK businesses backed by private equity and venture capital.

Merlin was majority-owned by Blackstone and CVC Capital Partners until it floated on the London Stock Exchange last November.

The other titles it collected were Exit Management Team of the Year for its stock market launch last year and the Community and Environmental Action Award for its social responsibility policies.

Nick Varney was named CEO of Merlin in 1999.

He was previously MD of Vardon Attractions, where he led a management buyout to form Merlin Entertainments. In 2005, he initiated the process which led to the company’s acquisition by Blackstone.

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11:14am Thu 15 May 14

hadvar says...

Hmmm....my 'free advert for local company, disguised as news' sense is tingling again......
Hmmm....my 'free advert for local company, disguised as news' sense is tingling again...... hadvar
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12:48pm Thu 15 May 14

kingstonpaul says...

hadvar wrote:
Hmmm....my 'free advert for local company, disguised as news' sense is tingling again......
Cynical sod!
[quote][p][bold]hadvar[/bold] wrote: Hmmm....my 'free advert for local company, disguised as news' sense is tingling again......[/p][/quote]Cynical sod! kingstonpaul
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8:37pm Thu 15 May 14

The Cerne Giant says...

Well done that man
Well done that man The Cerne Giant
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