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Flybe announces new non-executive director and senior management changes

Flybe Group has added a new non-executive director to its team and made a series of senior operational management appointments, as it continues its turnaround and growth plan.

Sir Timothy (Timo) Anderson joins the Board as non-executive director with effect from 1 May 2014. He replaces Alan Smith who, after nearly nine years on the Board, will retire on 31 August this year

As an Air Marshal, Anderson established the Military Aviation Authority (the body responsible for military aviation safety), becoming its first director general from 2010 to 2013, and before that was Assistant Chief of Royal Air Force Air Staff. He served in the Royal Air Force from 1979, starting as a fighter pilot, and rising through senior command appointments. He was awarded a DSO (Distinguished Service Order) for RAF Tornado operations during the Kosovo conflict and was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2013 New Year Honours list.

Anderson will join the Safety and Security Review Committee, and will chair that committee. He will also serve on the Nomination, Remuneration and Audit Committees.

Leading the senior management appointments is Maunu Visuri, who has been appointed managing director of Flybe Finland, the Finnish operating company in the Flybe Nordic joint venture between Flybe and Finnair. He is currently CEO of Nordic Global Airlines, a white label cargo carrier based in Helsinki, Finland, jointly owned by four parties including Finnair.

Visuri will start his new role on 20 May 2014, and will report directly to the Board of Flybe Nordic. His focus will be on delivering sustainable cost reductions and delivering profit growth across all of Flybe Finland’s white label and scheduled flying operations.

Jochen Schnadt has begun the role of interim director of white label business development, initially on a six month assignment. Reporting directly to Flybe Group CEO Saad Hammad, he will lead on the development of white label opportunities, a key part of Flybe’s twin engine growth strategy as it seeks to expand white label services to national flag carriers across Europe.

Schnadt has previously delivered a number of white label projects for Virgin, BA and other airlines as MD of an independent consultancy. He has also held senior leadership and commercial roles with Monarch Airlines and Aer Lingus.

Flybe is also upgrading and making new appointments to two existing roles.

On 7 April 2014, Andrew McConnell became director of communications and public affairs, reporting directly to chief commercial officer, Paul Simmons. A member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, McConnell brings a wealth of experience from the travel industry with a background in corporate and public affairs for major companies such as Heathrow Express and Gatwick Express. He was most recently head of UK corporate and public affairs at easyJet. During this time he was responsible for public affairs, corporate social responsibility, and media relations. He replaces Niall Duffy who has decided to leave to pursue other opportunities after seven years with Flybe.

Finally, Flybe has appointed Annelie Carver as general counsel and company secretary, following Chris Simpson’s decision to leave the Group after eight years’ service. Carver is currently a partner in the corporate and commercial team at Michelmores Solicitors, and has over 12 years’ experience advising listed and unlisted clients on company, commercial and contractual matters.

Carver will join Flybe once she has agreed a departure date from Michelmores, and will report directly to Saad Hammad. Until she joins Flybe, Andrew Knuckey will act as company secretary.

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