"Career Navigation – Perspective on Becoming a Serial CEO" with Kevin Rabbitt

“Career Navigation – Perspective on Becoming a Serial CEO” with Kevin Rabbitt

Date: Tuesday, January 26

Time: 12:00 PM CST

Location: Zoom

Join us for a discussion with Rice alumnus, Kevin Rabbitt, on how to secure your first CEO role, successfully changing Industries, building a winning growth strategy, working with private equity, and managing through a pandemic. 

Kevin M. Rabbitt is Chief Executive Officer and Board Director at Hornblower Group, a global experiences, and transportation leader. The group’s expansive portfolio includes dining and sightseeing cruises (Hornblower Cruises & Events), small ship overnight cruises (American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruises), national park ferry boat services (Alcatraz, Statue of Liberty, and Niagara Falls), and transportation ferry systems (NYC Ferry, Seaward Services, and HMS Global Maritime). Hornblower is owned by management and private equity firm, Crestview Partners.

In addition to his role at Hornblower, Rabbitt serves as Operating Executive in the media portfolio for Crestview Partners. Rabbitt serves as a Board Director on behalf of Crestview for investments at Congruex Networks, Viad Corp, and Framestore/Deluxe Creative Services. Additionally, Rabbitt serves on non-profit boards for Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital Foundation and Jerome Bettis “The Bus Stops Here” Foundation. 

Prior to Hornblower, Rabbitt served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NEP Group, the worldwide leader of technical outsourced production services supporting premier content producers of live sports, entertainment, music, and corporate events. NEP operates in 24 countries and is owned by management along with a private equity partner, The Carlyle Group. 

Prior to NEP, Rabbitt served as Chief Executive Officer of 3 Day Blinds, a leading manufacturer and retailer of custom window coverings in the United States. At the time, 3 Day Blinds was private equity-owned by Texas-Pacific Group (TPG). 

Prior to 3 Day, Rabbitt was President & CEO of Global Experience Specialists (GES), a global face-to-face events and tradeshow services company. GES is the largest subsidiary of Viad Corp (NYSE: VVI).   

Prior to joining GES, Rabbitt worked as a consultant with Bain and Company. Early roles in Rabbitt’s career included President of Texas Ice Stadium in Houston as well as time with the Houston Rockets Basketball Organization. Additionally, Rabbitt served as an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.  Rabbitt began his career with Deloitte Consulting. 
Rabbitt holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School (2001), and a BA in Managerial Studies from Rice University (1995). 

While at Rice, Rabbitt was captain and point guard for the Men’s Basketball team which competed in the Southwest Conference. Rabbitt remains very involved in Rice athletics. The Men’s Basketball locker room and Women’s Track lounge are currently named after Rabbitt and his wife.   

Rabbitt enjoys spending time with his wife Emily and their four children, Kristen (21), Sara (19), Lauren (16), and Michael (11). He is an avid sports fan including Rice Owls as well as his native Kansas City teams the Chiefs, Royals and Jayhawks. Rabbitt is an active supporter of college basketball programs including Pitt, Robert Morris University, UT-San Antonio, and Henderson State. In his free time, Rabbitt enjoys coaching youth sports and playing golf. 

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