La Fosse place CFO Deborah Stevenson into leading business Holiday Extras

16 October 2019

3 minutes (487 Words)

​La Fosse Associates is delighted to announce Deborah Stevenson has joined Holiday Extras as Interim CFO. The Search was completed by Olly Wakefield, Head of La Fosse’s CFO Practice and Marcus Willis, Interim CFO Specialist.

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Discussing her placement at Holiday Extras, Deborah said:

“I’m really excited to have the opportunity to work with Holiday Extras on its global expansion plans. The company has a clear vision for the future and a great vibrant culture, combining the latest technology with helpful, human touch points to support its customers. It’s a great personal fit for me too. A lot of the senior team share my love of sports and the outdoors and it’s great to be working so near to the beach. I can’t wait to get started and support the business through the exciting times ahead.”


The process was assigned to La Fosse by Mark Smith, Chairman of Holiday Extras who provided the following feedback:

“I found the process to run in a timely fashion and Olly had a very strong commercial understanding of what we were looking to hire including personality fit, and the commercial acumen required in a fast paced, fast growth environment like Holiday Extras. Olly submitted a shortlist within 48 hours and we hired Deborah into the role. Incidentally, of the four candidates submitted, we met three and would have been happy to progress with two. I’ve been impressed with La Fosse (who I hadn’t worked with previously) and look forward to working with Olly again in the future as he builds the La Fosse CFO practice.”

On the appointment of Deborah, Matthew Pack, group chief executive of Holiday Extras, commented: “Deborah is precisely the person we need to oversee our financial operations as we move into the next phase of our ambitious five-year growth strategy.”

Jack Denison, Divisional Head of Executive Hires, feels that this is one of many placements in the development of the La Fosse CFO Practice:

“Since Olly joined La Fosse in March, we have seen a huge development in the CFO Practice across both Interim and Search. Olly and the team have been working across UK and European assignments and are building a strong reputation for their commercial understanding, efficiency of delivery and process adaptability. Placing into a well-known, market leading business like Holiday Extras is a marquee placement from the team and further builds on the strong service offering La Fosse can offer to its clients.”

The Holiday Extras placement builds on opening the La Fosse Toronto office and La Fosse Interim cementing its place within the ‘Gold Service Provider’ group. The division continues to increase its commercial offering with NED/Chairman and CEO capabilities and the recent appointment of Marc Oak who will work on CFO Executive Search. The team is working with numerous clients across various industries and Private Equity and is led by Jack Denison.


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