easyJet announced that Warwick Brady has advised the Board of his intention to leave the company and that he will be succeeded as Chief Operating Officer by Chris Browne, formerly Chief Operating Officer of TUI Airlines, and currently a non-executive director of easyJet with effect from 1 October 2016.
Chris Browne will stand down from the easyJet Board on 30 September.
“After over eight years with the company and having contributed significantly to the turnaround of easyJet, Warwick wishes to further his career in a larger role”, the airline said in a statement.
Carolyn McCall, CEO, said:
“I have enjoyed working with Warwick over the past six years and he has been a key factor creating a low cost, customer focussed efficient operation that has underpinned the success of easyJet. I wish him all the best.
“I would also like to welcome Chris to the executive team. We know her well, she has an amazing track record in the airline and travel industries. She has significant operational expertise and really understands easyJet. We are all really looking forward to her joining the easyJet team.”
Chris Browne commented:
“I’m delighted to be joining Carolyn and the great team at easyJet at this exciting time.”
Chris has strong operational and strategic expertise having previously held several senior leadership positions within aviation including Chief Operating Officer, Aviation, of TUI Travel plc (2014-2015), Managing Director, Thomson Airways (2007-2014) and Managing Director, First Choice Airways (2002-2007).
John Barton, Chairman, commented:
“Warwick has been an important part of the team that has built easyJet into a strong, successful, customer focused airline. I am confident Warwick will be equally successful in his future career and go on to take a much larger role.”
Warwick will take some time out before starting a new role next year and commented:
“Leading the operational transformation at easyJet over the past six years has been a career highlight. I am very proud to have led the team that has delivered a safe, efficient, low cost, customer centric operation that has not only underpinned our financial success but also changed the way our customers perceive our brand. I have been very open about my ambitions to become a CEO and having laid the foundation for further growth and I felt it was the right time to step down. I will always have the “Orange Spirit” in my blood and wish the team on-going success.”
Warwick is currently easyJet’s Chief Operating Officer responsible for the operations of the airline. He joined easyJet in May 2009 as the Procurement Director responsible for fleet management, airport, central procurement and regulation. In October 2010 he was appointed Director of Group Operations. In June 2014, Warwick was appointed Non-Executive Director at FirstGroup plc.