Flybe appoints new CFO

Flybe has announced that Philip de Klerk will take up the post of chief financial officer no later than 1 November 2014, although the company hopes that he may be able to join as early as August 2014.

de Klerk brings extensive experience of strategic financial development, change management and operational delivery in rapidly evolving businesses. He joins the Board of Flybe from SABMiller, where he was global head of financial planning & analysis and finance director of the Business Capabilities Programme. Before that, he was CFO of Ineos Olefins & Polymers Europe, a division with $10 billion annual turnover.

Before joining Ineos, de Klerk spent 16 years at Unilever, where he held a variety of roles, including vice-president of investor relations, CFO of Unilever Switzerland and finally CFO of Unilever Benelux, which had annual turnover of €1.8 billion.

de Klerk’s appointment follows Andrew Knuckey’s decision, announced in August 2013, to leave Flybe in order to pursue other opportunities. Knuckey will remain with the business until 2 August 2014.

“On behalf of everyone at Flybe, I’d like to thank Andrew Knuckey for his considerable efforts on behalf of the Group over the past nine years: in particular, he has played a significant role in implementing our turnaround plan and setting us on the path to profitable growth,” remarked Flybe CEO, Saad Hammad. “Andrew is held in great affection by his colleagues at Flybe for his humanity, passion and sense of fun and he leaves with everyone’s very best wishes for the future.

“We are absolutely delighted to have attracted someone of Philip de Klerk’s calibre and welcome him on board. He has a blue-chip finance and management pedigree and he will bring a wealth of relevant experience, especially from his time at consumer-focused companies and in international markets. Philip’s arrival will significantly strengthen and broaden the senior management team as we implement our strategy to deliver and grow a sustainably profitable business and I know he shares our ambition and excitement for the future. Philip is discussing an earlier exit date with SABMiller and we look forward to him joining us on the fastest timing possible but certainly no later than 1 November.”

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