Intrepid Hires New CFO, Shakes Up Management Team

Adventure travel company Intrepid Group has appointed a new chief financial officer – its first since the company’s return to private ownership in 2015 – and has made a number of other changes to its executive lineup. 

Michael Burnett will serve as the company’s new CFO, joining from Helloworld. His new appointment will be effective January 2020. He will join a newly assembled senior management team that is responsible for implementing Intrepid’s 2025 strategy to grow the market for experience-rich, sustainable travel. 

Earlier this month, Intrepid announced Brett Mitchell’s promotion from managing director APAC to chief commercial officer, now responsible for all regional sales and marketing offices. The company has made a number of other changes to its senior management team:

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  • Natalie Kidd will expand her role from managing director of PEAK DMC to become Intrepid’s chief operating officer. Kidd will now manage Intrepid’s third-party operators, as well as the company’s commitment to B Corp and becoming climate positive through its responsible business team.
  • Chief Purpose Officer Leigh Barnes will take on the new role of chief customer officer, responsible for customer experience, digital, brand, as well as advocacy on issues that are important to Intrepid’s customers, communities, and workers.  
  • Recruitment for the new role of chief people officer will commence by the end of the year, Intrepid said.

Intrepid now has more than 2,300 staff and tour leaders across more than 40 offices around the world. The company says that in 2018 it reported 17 percent growth in revenue and an EBIT result of almost $15 million, and that 2020 will be its fourth consecutive year of growth and profitability. 

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