Former Tui Airlines chief operating officer Chris Browne is joining easyJet as a non-executive director.
The budget airline’s chairman, John Barton, said: “I and the easyJet team are delighted to welcome Chris as a non-executive director.
“She has an impressive track record in the aviation and travel industries with particularly strong operational and strategic expertise.
“I also know that she will fit very easily into the easyJet culture.”
Browne, who joins on January 1, added: “I am delighted to be joining such a successful business and a team of inspirational people who have both pioneered great customer service and delivered exceptional financial and operational results.”
Browne is also a non-executive director at Bovis Homes Group and sits on its audit, remuneration and nomination committees.
Her appointment came as easyJet announced an 18% jump in annual pre-tax profits to £686 million.
Meanwhile, the airline said that John Browett has announced his decision to step down from the board at the end of the year after eight years.
Browne has more than 25 years experience in the travel sector, having joined First Choice in 1999 and running the operator’s former airline Air 2000.
She went on to become managing director for Thomson Airways, having led the merger between Thomsonfly and First Choice Airways.
Brown left Tui Airlines as chief operating officer in September having been responsible for the introduction of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner into the fleet in 2013.
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