1st April 2020 - Vue International (“Vue” or “the company”), one of the world’s leading cinema operators, has appointed Robbie Barr as non-executive chairman from 1st April 2020.
Robbie Barr brings extensive experience both from within the industry and beyond, with an international career spanning operations and finance across multiple sectors. Robbie is a non- executive director of Associated British Ports and a Senior Adviser to both the Private Equity and Infrastructure teams of OMERS, one of Canada’s largest defined benefit pension plans. He was formerly chairman of Odeon & UCI Cinemas, chairman of Four Seasons Health Care, regional CFO at Vodafone Group and an operating partner at Terra Firma, the European private equity firm.
Tim Richards, Vue’s founder and CEO, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Robbie to Vue as we look to the future. Robbie’s knowledge of the cinema industry, international business and corporate transactions will be invaluable. He will be a great addition to our Board and senior leadership team.
Whilst these are extraordinary times, we are confident that we will emerge in a robust shape thanks to our underlying business model and are ready and excited to deal with a surge in customer demand for out of home experiences once the current public health measures are lifted.”
Robbie Barr: “I’ve long admired what Tim and the team have achieved at Vue and am excited to be joining the Board. Today’s Coronavirus pandemic has presented Vue with unprecedented challenges but I am confident that the business is taking the right steps to ensure it emerges from this global crisis with a strong balance sheet and can look forward to the future with confidence. When the current restrictions are lifted, people all around the world will be looking to cinema for out-of-home big screen entertainment like never before and I look forward to working with Tim and his team to ensure Vue is well positioned to capitalise on the opportunities this will present.”
Robbie Barr will replace Adam Crozier who is stepping down to focus on his other directorships.
Vue International, founded by Tim Richards in 1999 is part-owned by the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) and OMERS. It employs more than 5000 people in the UK and reported its strongest performance in its history in 2019 in terms of revenue.
Since 2003, the company has grown from 38 sites in the UK to become one of the world’s leading international cinema operators today, combining the best content with the best technology in the best environment. Vue currently manages 228 sites and 1,997 screens across ten countries.
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About Vue International
Vue International is one of the world's leading cinema operators, managing the most respected brands in major European markets and Taiwan, spanning ten countries, 228 sites and 1,997 screens. The group has leading positions in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Taiwan. From its inception in May 2003 Vue International has grown organically and through strategic acquisition to deliver a premium out-of-home entertainment experience by combining the best content, with the best technology in the best environment.
In 2019, Vue International saw record breaking admissions of over 96million. Vue International is committed to continued international growth and delivering a premium big screen experience by owning, managing and developing the highest quality cinema assets around the world.Download Press Release