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Board of directors

  • Carolyn McCall OBE
  • Charles Gurassa
  • Keith Hammil
  • Andy Martin
  • Adèle Anderson
    John Barton
    (Non-Executive Chairman)

    John (1944) was appointed to the Board of easyJet as Chairman on 1 May 2013 and is Chairman of the Nomination Committee. John is also Chairman of Next plc and a Director of SSP Group plc and Matheson & Company Limited.

    John has also served as Chairman of Catlin Group Limited (the international insurance underwriters), Cable and Wireless Worldwide plc, Brit Holdings plc and Wellington Underwriting plc.

    John was previously Senior Independent Director of WHSmith plc and Hammerson plc. He was also the Chief Executive of insurance broker JIB Group plc from 1984 to 1997. After JIB's merger with Lloyd Thomson in 1997, he became Chairman of the combined group, Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc, until 2001.

    John is a qualified chartered accountant and received an MBA from Strathclyde University.

    Dame Carolyn McCall
    (Chief Executive Officer, easyJet Airline Company Ltd)
    Carolyn McCall OBE

    Carolyn McCall joined easyJet on 1 July 2010 as Chief Executive Officer.

    Since joining easyJet Carolyn has been responsible for improving the airline’s punctuality to industry-leading levels as well as introducing important customer innovations like allocated seating. Her strategic focus has resulted in a series of milestone events including reaching the landmark of carrying 69m passengers annually and attracting more business travellers, with more than 12m now flying with easyJet each year – always ensuring easyJet provides easy and affordable travel for all.

    Under Carolyn’s leadership easyJet has consistently exceeded City expectations. 2012 saw the company achieving record profits and paying a dividend for the first time and in 2013 the company entered the FTSE 100. In 2013, Carolyn led a rigorous evaluation process and obtained shareholder approval for the purchase of 135 Airbus aircraft.

    Prior to joining easyJet, Carolyn was Chief Executive of Guardian Media Group plc. She was also was non-executive director of Lloyds TSB (from 2008–2009) and was a non-executive director of Tesco Plc (2005-2008), and of New Look plc (1999-2005). She was Chair of Opportunity Now (2005-2009) and a former President of Women in Advertising and Communications London (WACL).

    In 2013, Carolyn McCall was awarded the Airline Business ‘Airline Strategy Award for Low Cost leadership’. In the same year Carolyn was awarded City AM’s Personality of the Year award along with the Gold Medal Award from the Chartered Management Institute for her work in management. In 2014 she was the winner of the Business Achievement Award ‎at the British Travel Industry Hall of Fame Awards.

    Carolyn is Vice President of the French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain, having joined the board in November 2012. She has also been a member of the Royal Academy Corporate Board for the last four years, and in September 2014 she joined the Burberry Board as non-executive director.

    In 2015 Carolyn was asked by the Prime Minister to join his Business Advisory Group. The body is made up of business leaders from large companies who will advise the Prime Minister and the Government on business issues.

    Carolyn was awarded a Damehood in the New Year’s Honour List in 2016 for services to the aviation industry, as well as being awarded the OBE for services to women in business in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2008. In April 2008 she was named Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year.

    She graduated from Kent University with a BA in History and Politics and from London University with a Masters in Politics.

    Charles Gurassa
    (Non Executive Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director)
    Charles Gurassa

    Charles (1956) was appointed to the Board of easyJet as Independent Non Executive Director on 27 June 2011 and became Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director on 1 September 2011. Charles is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.

    Charles’ career has been primarily in the travel, tourism and leisure industries in a number of senior positions including Chief Executive of Thomson Travel Group Plc, Executive Chairman TUI Northern Europe and Director Passenger and Cargo at British Airways.

    He retired from full time work in June 2003 to pursue a plural career and from a desire 'to put something back'. He is currently non-executive Chairman of Channel 4 and Genesis Housing Association. Previously he was non-executive Chairman Netnames, LOVEFiLM, Phones4U, Virgin Mobile plc, Alamo/National Rent a Car, 7Days and has been a non-executive director at Whitbread plc and MACH, and an advisory board member of Alpitour.

    Charles is a Senior Independent Director at Merlin Entertainments and is a trustee of the English Heritage and the Migration Museum Project.

    Keith Hamill OBE
    (Independent Non-Executive Director)
    Keith Hammil

    Keith (1952) was appointed to the Board of easyJet on 1 March 2009. He is also a Non Executive Director of Samsonite International SA and Chairman of Horsforth Holdings Limited.

    He was previously Chairman of Go, prior to its acquisition by easyJet in 2002, Travelodge, and Bagir Limited. He was also Chairman of Tullett Prebon, Collins Stewart, Heath Lambert and Avant Homes and of the Council of Nottingham University as well as being a Non Executive Director of Electrocomponents, Max Property and Cadmus Communication’s Corporation. He was Finance Director of WH Smith, Forte and United Distillers and a partner in Price Waterhouse.

    Andy Martin
    (Independent Non-Executive Director)
    Andy Martin

    Andy (1960) was appointed to the Board of easyJet on 1 September 2011 and is Chairman of the Finance Committee.

    Andy was Group Chief Operating Officer Europe, UK and Japan at Compass Group PLC. Prior to joining the Compass Group in 2004, as Group Finance Director, Andy was a partner with Arthur Andersen and held senior financial positions with Forte PLC and Granada Group PLC. Following the disposal of the Hotels Division in 2001, Andy joined First Choice Holidays PLC (now TUI Travel PLC) as Group Finance Director. In May 2016, Andy joined the Intertek Group plc Board as a non-executive director.

    Andy graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Economics and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales.

    Adèle Anderson
    (Independent Non-Executive Director)
    Adèle Anderson

    Adèle (1965) was appointed to the Board of easyJet on 1 September 2011 and is Chairman of the Audit Committee.

    Until July 2011, Adèle was a partner in KPMG and held roles including Chief Financial Officer of KPMG UK, Chief Executive Officer of KPMG’s captive insurer and Chief Financial Officer of KPMG Europe. Adèle has been a Non-Executive Director of Intu Properties plc since February 2013 and has recently been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Spire Healthcare Group plc. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Save the Children UK.

    Adèle graduated from Kent University with BSc Hons in Mathematics & Computer Science.

    Dr Andreas Bierwirth
    (Independent Non-Executive Director)

    Andreas (1971) was appointed to the Board of easyJet on 22 July 2014.

    Andreas is currently serving as Chief Executive Officer of T-Mobile Austria GmbH, a position which he has held since 1 September 2012.

    Andreas previously served as a Member of the Board at Austrian Airlines AG between 2008 and 2012, including as Chief Commercial Officer for the whole period. Between 2006 and 2008, Andreas served as Vice President Marketing of Deutsche Lufthansa AG (Frankfurt).  Prior to this, Andreas was first deputy managing director and later managing director at Germanwings between October 2002 and September 2006. During this time the foundation and the business launch of Germany's first low-cost airline took place.

    Andreas trained as a banker and economist as well as being licensed as a commercial pilot.

    François Rubichon
    (Independent Non-Executive Director)

    François (1963) was appointed to the Board of easyJet on 22 July 2014.

    François was formerly the Executive Vice President of Human Resources, General Affairs & Organization at Société Française du Radiotéléphone (SFR) from September 2013 to June 2016.

    Prior to this, François was deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Aéroports de Paris for seven years. Between 2002 and 2005, he worked in a number of advisor positions within government for the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Tourism and Maritime Affairs, and as a social advisor to the then French Prime Minister.

    François also formerly held the positions of Chairman of Publi-Trans (La Poste Group), Chief Executive Officer of GeoPost Logistics, and Managing Director of Sofipost (holding company for La Poste subsidiaries).

    François graduated from the Paris Institut d'Études Politiques (1985) and the École Nationale Supérieure, Post and Télécommunications (1989).

    Andrew Findlay
    (Chief Financial Officer)

    Andrew Findlay joined easyJet on 2 October 2015 as Chief Financial Officer. Before joining easyJet, Andrew was Chief Financial Officer of Halfords plc, with responsibility for Finance, Investor Relations, Legal, Company Secretarial, IT, Non-Merchandise Procurement and Logistics. In addition to this he temporarily lead the Halfords Autocentres business for 8 months in 2014.  Prior to Halfords, Andrew was Director of Finance, Tax and Treasury at Marks and Spencer, and held senior finance roles at the London Stock Exchange and at Cable and Wireless, both in the UK and US.

    Andrew qualified as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand.