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Board of directors

  • Carolyn McCall OBE
  • Chris Kennedy
  • Charles Gurassa
  • David Bennett
  • John Browett
  • Professor Rigas Doganis
  • 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. He is also Chairman of Next plc and Catlin Group Limited (the international insurance underwriters).

    John has also served as Chairman of 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.

    He is also a Trustee and Treasurer of the Orchid Cancer Appeal.

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

    Carolyn McCall OBE
    (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 60m passengers annually and attracting more business travellers, with more than 11m 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 for the first time. Carolyn recently led a rigorous aircraft evaluation process and obtained shareholder approval for the purchase of 135 Airbus aircraft. Carolyn McCall was awarded the Airline Business Airline Strategy Award for Low Cost leadership.

    Prior to joining easyJet, Carolyn previously was Chief Executive of Guardian Media Group plc. She was also 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 (June 05-May 09) and a former President of Women in Advertising and Communications London (WACL).

    Carolyn has been a member of the Royal Academy Corporate Board for the last three years.

    Carolyn was 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.

    In January 2014, Prime Minister David Cameron appointed Carolyn to be a UK Business Ambassador.

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

    Chris Kennedy
    (Chief Financial Officer)
    Chris Kennedy

    Chris (1964) joined easyJet on 1 July 2010 in the position of Chief Financial Officer.

    After graduating from Cambridge with a degree in Engineering, Chris progressed rapidly within Audit and Consultancy before a two year stint as a venture capitalist and banker. In 1993 Chris joined EMI Music where he worked both in the UK and the US, covering a variety of roles including; UK CFO, European Chief Operating Officer and International CFO. In early 2008 he joined the Board as CFO and then Chief Investment Officer. He has proven track record of delivering operational improvement and has deep knowledge and invaluable experience of working in senior financial and commercial positions within high profile, international, fast changing consumer facing businesses.

    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’ 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 Tragus, Genesis Housing Association and Group NBT. Previously he was non-executive Chairman of LOVEFiLM, Phones4U, Virgin Mobile plc, Alamo/National Rent a Car, 7Days and has been a senior independent director of Merlin Entertainments, a non-executive director at Whitbread plc and MACH, and an advisory board member of Alpitour.

    He is a trustee of the National Trust, Chairman of National Trust Enterprises Ltd and a member of the University of York Development Board.

    David Bennett
    (Independent Non-Executive Director)
    David Bennett

    David (1962) was appointed to the Board of easyJet on 1 October 2005 and is Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committees.

    David is currently Chairman of Homeserve Membership Ltd and a Non Executive Director of Bank of Ireland (UK) plc, Pacnet Ltd, Jerrold Holdings Ltd, Cheshire Mortgage Corporation Limited and a member of the Advisory Board of Glendevon King Asset Management.

    He has had a long career in the financial services sector and was both Group Finance Director and Group Chief Executive of Alliance & Leicester plc until its sale to Santander in 2008. David has also held a number of positions in Abbey, Cheltenham & Gloucester, Lloyds TSB and the National Bank of New Zealand.

    John Browett
    (Independent Non-Executive Director)
    John Browett

    John (1963) was appointed to the Board of easyJet on 27 September 2007. John is currently Chief Executive Officer of Monsoon Accessorize.

    He was previously Senior Vice President of Retail at Apple Inc. Prior to joining Apple in 2012, John was Chief Executive Officer of Dixons Retail plc for 4 years and also held a number of Executive Director positions at Tesco plc, including Operations Development Director, Group Strategy Director and running Tesco.com from 2000 to 2004 where he was responsible for formulating and delivering its strategy from launch to profitability. Between 1993 and 1998, John was at the Boston Consulting Group.

    John is a graduate of Cambridge University and Wharton Business School.

    Professor Rigas Doganis
    (Independent Non-Executive Director)
    Professor Rigas Doganis

    Rigas (1939) was appointed to the Board of easyJet on 1 December 2005. Rigas is an aviation consultant and strategy adviser to airlines, airports, banks and governments around the world. He is Chairman of the European Aviation Club in Brussels.

    He is a former Chairman / CEO of Olympic Airways and was formerly a Non Executive Director of South African Airways.

    Rigas was Professor and Head of the Air Transport Department at Cranfield University and is still a Visiting Professor there. He is also the author of books on aviation economics and management.

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

    Keith (1952) was appointed to the Board of easyJet on 1 March 2009. He has considerable experience as a Director of listed companies and is currently the Chairman of Tullett Prebon plc and Gladedale Limited. Keith is also a Non Executive Director of Samsonite International SA.

    He was previously Chairman of Go, prior to its acquisition by easyJet in 2002, and Travelodge. He was Chairman of Collins Steward, Heath Lambert and the Council of The University of Nottingham and a Non Executive Director of Electrocomponents and Cadmus Communications Corp. He was Finance Director of WH Smith, Forte and United Distillers and a partner in Price Waterhouse (from 1986 to 1988).

    Keith is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

    Andy Martin
    (Independent Non-Executive Director)
    Andy Martin

    Andy (1960) was appointed to the Board of easyJet on 1 September 2011. He is currently Group Chief Operating Officer-Europe, UK and Japan for 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.

    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. 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. With effect from 22 February 2013, Adèle is a Non-Executive Director of Intu Properties plc. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of both Save the Children UK and Save the Children International and chairs the Audit Committee of Save the Children International.

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