Former Virgin Atlantic commercial chief Julie Southern is joining easyJet as a non-executive director.

She takes up her position on the board of the UK budget carrier on August 1.

Southern was part of the management team at Virgin Atlantic for 13 years, latterly as chief commercial officer.

She held the commercial role between 2010 and 2013, responsible for commercial strategy, fleet and network development, revenue management and pricing, marketing, loyalty programmes, ancillary sales, human resources, legal and sustainability.

Southern, a chartered accountant, was previously chief financial officer for Virgin Atlantic for ten years from 2000.

Before Virgin, she worked in several industry sectors with roles at Porsche Cars Great Britain, WH Smith, PWC and Mars.

Southern holds non-executive roles at Stagecoach Group, Rentokil Initial, DFS Furniture, Cineworld Group and NXP Semiconductors.

EasyJet chairman John Barton said: “I am delighted that Julie will be joining the board.

“Her commercial and depth of financial expertise, combined with her aviation sector experience, will further strengthen the diverse mix of skills and experience on the board.”