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Andy Cosslett
BornAndrew Peter Cosslett
(1955-04-14) 14 April 1955 (age 63)
Whalley Range, Manchester, England
Alma materUniversity of Manchester
Known forChairman, Rugby Football Union
TitleChairman, Kingfisher plc
TermJune 2017-

Andrew Peter Cosslett (born 14 April 1955) is a British businessman and chairman of the Rugby Football Union,[1] and Kingfisher plc.

He is also an operating partner at Advent International,[2] and a trustee of Shooting Star Chase,[3] a children's hospice charity.

He resigned as chairman of Fitness First, the international operator of fitness facilities, in December 2015 having also previously held the role of chief executive officer. He was non-executive chairman of England Rugby 2015 - the organising committee for the 2015 Rugby World Cup which was played in England.[citation needed]

Previously he was the CEO of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), and was succeeded by Richard Solomons.

Early life

Andrew Peter Cosslett was born in April 1955[4] in Whalley Range, Manchester and grew up in Withington.[5] He earned a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in European Studies from the University of Manchester.[6]


Cosslet began his business career in 1979 as a graduate trainee selling Wall's ice cream and spent 11 years with Unilever becoming a marketing director, before joining Cadbury Schweppes in 1990. He then spent 14 years at Cadbury Schweppes in a number of senior roles, including chairman, Cadbury Schweppes Australia; CEO of the Asia Pacific confectionery business; managing director, Great Britain & Ireland; and president, Europe, Middle East and Africa.[7]

Cosslett joined InterContinental Hotels Group as CEO in 2005.[8] As CEO of IHG, he oversaw the launching of the midmarket boutique hotel brand Hotel Indigo, and a focus on further expansion into the Chinese market.[9] An additional change includes IHG selling most of the hotels the company owned and reaffirming their business model as mainly a manager and franchisor of hotels.[10] During the late 2000s, he oversaw a $1bn (£603m), four-year relaunch of the Holiday Inn franchise.[8]

Between 2005 and 2011, Cosslett was a board member of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), a member of the presidents council of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and a board member of the International Tourism Partnership.[11]

Cosslett stood down as the CEO on 30 June 2011 stating that he has been considering his situation for quite a while: “I’m into my seventh year, but it does feel like the right time to hand over the reins. ... The business is in great shape, and that really helps my exit.”[12]

In June 2017, Cosslett succeeded Daniel Bernard as chairman of Kingfisher plc.[13][14]


Coslett became chair of the RFU in October 2016, succeeding Bill Beaumont. He himself played rugby for 25 years.[15][16]

Personal life

Cosslett is married with two adult children.[17][18]


  1. ^ "Cosslett new Chairman of the RFU Board". England Rugby.
  2. ^ "Andrew Cosslett joins Advent International's Operating Partner Program". Private Equity Wire.
  3. ^ "Shooting Star Chase Trustees". Shooting Star Chase.
  4. ^ "Andrew Peter COSSLETT - Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Andy Cosslett steps down as CEO of InterContinental Hotels". Manchester Evening News. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  6. ^ "2008 Speaker Biographies: ANDY COSSLETT, CEO, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)". Leaders in London 2008. Archived from the original on 30 December 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
  7. ^ "IHG: Our main board: Andrew Cosslett". InterContinental Hotels Group. Archived from the original on 19 November 2009. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
  8. ^ a b Arnott, Sarah (26 November 2009). "Andrew Cosslett: Suite dreams for the future". The Independent. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
  9. ^ Townsend, Abigail (5 March 2006). "Andrew Cosslett: 'Emotional contracts': at his hotels, the shareholders aren't disturbed". The Independent On Sunday. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
  10. ^ Capell, Kerry (21 May 2007). "How Andy Cosslett Restyled IHG". BusinessWeek. McGraw-Hill. Archived from the original on 17 September 2009. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
  11. ^ Bokaie, Jemima (9 September 2008). "The Marketing Profile: Andrew Cosslett, chief executive, InterContinental Hotels Group". Marketing. Haymarket. Archived from the original on 7 January 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
  12. ^ Higgins, Stacey Mieyal; Freed, Jason Q. (16 March 2011). "IHG chief resigns, CFO to step up". Hotel News Now. Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  13. ^ "Kingfisher chairman Daniel Bernard to step down and be succeeded by Andy Cosslett". The Retail Bulletin. 22 March 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  14. ^ The Sunday Times (26 March 2017). "Cosslett to scrum down at Kingfisher | Business | The Times & The Sunday Times". Retrieved 16 June 2017.
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  17. ^ Sibun, Jonathan. "Andy Cosslett steps down at IHG". Telegraph. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  18. ^ "Andrew Cosslett". Shooting Star Chase. Retrieved 16 June 2017.

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