Fergus Boyd has been appointed as Director of IT at Red Carnation Hotels, part of the TTC family of brands. Boyd joins London headquartered Red Carnation Hotels from YOTEL (above), where he was Group Director of Digital and IT since January 2014.
Red Carnation Hotels is a collection of family owned boutique hotels. There are currently 19 hotels in the collection and key locations include London, Guernsey, Ireland, Geneva, Florida and South Africa.
Parent company to Red Carnation Hotels is The Travel Corporation (TTC) which is one of the most diverse travel businesses in the tourism sector. TTC has 35 offices and operates in 60 countries and employs 10,000 staff and was reported to service 1.5 million customers a year. TTC owns and operates a wide range of brands offering escorted tours, youth tours, family holidays, transport and cruises.
Speaking on the Horizon CIO podcast in 2017 Boyd told peers that during his career as technology leader at YOTEL the business had reached 35% of bookings being made online, which increased the direct revenue and margins to the YOTEL business.
Before joining YOTEL, Boyd was in the airline industry spending six years with Virgin Atlantic in various roles including leading eBusiness and IT Innovation and he began his career at British Airways where he spent 17 years.
Boyd has a strong track record in IT and digital delivery in all the organisations he has worked with. Horizon columnist Mike Altendorf says: “Boyd is one of the best innovators and IT and digital strategists I have met and is also very hands-on and has a great sense of urgency and ability work with teams to deliver positive change”.