Jul 19, 2017

EasyJet accelerates hunt for new chief executive

EasyJet has brought forward the start date of Moya Greene, the Royal Mail boss, on to its board as the low-cost airline accelerates its search for a new chief executive. The airline said the expedited appointment of Ms Greene, who has been chief executive of Royal Mail since 2010, was aimed to "Support the chief executive search process". On Monday, easyJet confirmed that Dame Carolyn McCall was leaving at the end of the year to become chief executive of ITV. Keith Hamill, a non-executive director, will also delay his retirement from the board, originally planned for July 31, until the end of the year to help with the search. Potential internal candidates include Chris Browne, easyJet's chief operating officer, who has worked at Tui Travel and Iberia, the Spanish airline; Andrew Findlay, chief financial officer, and Peter Duffy, who heads the marketing department. Dame Carolyn, who was previously chief executive of the Guardian Media Group, has been credited with transforming easyJet, which, when she joined in 2010, was suffering from a bungled crewing strategy and punctuality problems.

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