Flybe has appointed Air Seychelles chief executive Roy Kinnear as chief commercial officer.

Kinnear will begin his role at the regional airline in January and will become a member of its Executive Committee, reporting directly to chief executive Christine Ourmières-Widener.

Kinnear will be responsible for heading up the airline’s commercial activities with its revenue management, network, scheduling, ancillary, sales, marketing, e-commerce, customer care and loyalty teams all reporting to him.

He has more than 30 years’ experience in the travel industry, including senior management roles at bmi, Gulf Air and Etihad.

Flybe’s chief revenue officer Vincent Hodder has moved to the position of chief strategy officer as part of the changes at Flybe. Hodder will be charged with looking for new strategic opportunities to drive profit growth.

Ronnie Matheson Flybe’s director of revenue management and distribution, will take up the role of interim chief commercial officer until Kinnear starts.

Ourmières-Widener said: “Roy will bring some exceptional talent to Flybe and we are thrilled to have recruited him to join us. He has a wealth of experience and I know that, with his very real passion for the industry, he will add an exciting new dimension in leading the commercial area and help continue the implementation of our plan to position Flybe as Europe’s best regional airline.”

Kinnear added: “It’s an exciting time for the airline as it consolidates and continues to build on its position as the leading regional airline in Europe. I’m very much looking forward to working with the commercial team to drive up the airline’s profitability.”