Wednesday 22 November 2017

Budget airline easyJet appoints Johan Lundgren as its new chief executive

Shares in easyJet were up 0.7pc, or 9p, to 1,279p shortly after the announcement
Shares in easyJet were up 0.7pc, or 9p, to 1,279p shortly after the announcement
Independent.ie Business Desk

Independent.ie Business Desk

Budget airline easyJet has appointed Johan Lundgren as its new chief executive.

Mr Lundgren, a travel sector veteran, joins from tour operator TUI, where he was group deputy chief executive.

He will take up the top job at easyJet on December 1, with long serving Carolyn McCall stepping down from the board on November 30.

She will remain with the airline until the end of the year to assist with the transition, the company said.

Mr Lundgren said: "I have flown with and been a fan of easyJet and its wonderful people for many years.

"This is an exciting time to be joining Europe's leading airline. Carolyn has built a fantastic team and with them I look forward to contributing to easyJet's continued success."

EasyJet chairman John Barton said: "I and the easyJet board are delighted to announce Johan as our new CEO.

"Johan has proven experience in European travel as CEO and in broader group roles.

"He is strategic yet operationally focused and has proved himself to be a customer-centric, charismatic and successful leader.

"easyJet is a structural winner in a dynamic aviation environment.

"Johan inherits a leadership team of strength and depth, engaged people and loyal passengers flying on Europe's best network.

"I am sure that under his leadership easyJet will go from strength to strength.

"Finally, I wanted to reiterate everyone at easyJet's thanks to Carolyn for all she has done for the airline and to wish her well in her exciting new role."

Shares in easyJet were up 0.7pc, or 9p, to 1,279p shortly after the announcement.

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