EasyJet chief McCall appointed to lead ITV

She was previously chief executive of airline easyJet and group chief executive of the Guardian Media Group.

EasyJet has announced that its Chief Executive, Carolyn McCall, is to leave the airline to take up the same role at United Kingdom television network ITV.

McCall, who was appointed a dame for her services to the aviation industry a year ago, added: "This was a really hard decision for me to make".

McCall will receive an annual salary of £900,000 ($1.18 million) and a pension allowance of 15 percent of her salary.

In March 2010, McCall was made CEO of Easyjet and was appointed DBE in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to the aviation industry.

Ms McCall held the top job at easyJet for seven years, helping to grow the group into one of the world's biggest and most competitive low-priced carriers, servicing over 800 routes across 30 countries.

McCall joins ITV from EasyJet where she has been Chief Executive for seven years.

She added: "I'm really pleased to be joining ITV".

Crozier built the broadcaster's global business during his seven-year tenure at ITV as part of a successful turnaround strategy. The broker said it was reassured by the announcement since McCall has experience of running a major media business and leading the growth of an global FTSE 100 company. This, the company said, provides broadly the same remuneration opportunity as to ITV's previous CEO.

"Having first built a solid operational performance, she redefined the customer experience not just at easyJet but across short-haul Europe and has seen both the number and loyalty of easyJet's passengers grow as a result".

Carolyn has been a non-executive director of Burberry since 2014. Crozier officially announced his decision to leave in May, but his departure had been rumored for months, with reports circulating late past year that the broadcaster had called in recruiters to look for a successor.

  • Santos West