Flybe CEO to step down

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Flybe Limited chief executive officer (CEO) Christine Ourmières-Widener has decided to step down from her role on 15 July 2019 following the successful sale of the business to the Virgin Atlantic led consortium Connect Airways.

Flybe said it expects to be in a position to announce Christine’s successor before her departure to ensure a smooth handover.

The board of directors said it thanks Ourmières-Widener for her leadership and her many achievements and, in particular, her stewardship of the business during a difficult time leading to the sale of the airline.  

“On behalf of the entire Flybe Board, I want to extend my gratitude to Christine Ourmières-Widener for her commitment and significant contributions to Flybe,” said Jonathan Peachey, director, Flybe Limited.

“This includes her tireless efforts to safeguard the future for the customers and communities who rely on Flybe, as well as the company’s employees, its pension fund members and its creditors. We all wish Christine the very best for the future.” 

“It has been a privilege to lead Flybe over the past two years and to work with such an outstanding and dedicated team of professionals,” said Ourmières-Widener.

“Together, we have been able to secure the jobs of our loyal Flybe employees with the sale to Connect Airways and provide our customers and the UK with the vital transport and travel infrastructure they rely on, while preparing Flybe for a bright future under its new ownership.”