Posted on: 27 September 2016 by Mark Howells
From 1 October, Chris Browne – formerly chief operating officer at TUI Airlines, and currently a non-executive director of easyJet – is to replace Warwick Brady as easyJet’s COO.
Brady joined easyJet in May 2009 as procurement director and was responsible for fleet management, airport, central procurement and regulation. In October 2010, he was appointed as director of group operations. In June 2014, Brady was appointed non-executive director at FirstGroup plc.
“Leading the operational transformation at easyJet over the past six years has been a career highlight,” stated Brady. “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, 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.”
CEO of easyJet, Carolyn McCall, commented, “I have enjoyed working with Warwick over the past six years. He has been a key factor in creating a low-cost, customer-focused, 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 at easyJet. 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.”
Prior to joining TUI Airlines, Browne occupied the role of managing director at both First Choice Airways between 2002 and 2007 and then Thomson Airways between 2007 and 2014.