easyJet CEO on New Year honours list

easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall pictured with Gatwick Airport Ltd CEO Stewart Wingate

easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall pictured with Gatwick Airport Ltd CEO Stewart Wingate

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easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall is to be made a dame in the New Year honours list, the Herald & Post can reveal.

Ms McCall is one of a clutch of women who will be recognised for their “support to the UK economy”.

The 54-year-old has run the Luton Airport based company for five and a half years.

On her inclusion in the honours list Ms McCall said: “This is a real honour and I am delighted to receive it.

“It is a recognition of easyJet putting customers first and making travel for them as easy and affordable as possible.”

The honour comes a month after Ms McCall was voted the ‘most admired leader in Britain’.

The airline boss was the first woman to receive the Management Today title.

Prior to joining easyJet, Ms McCall was the CEO of Guardian Media Group plc.

She was also was non-executive director of Lloyds TSB (from 2008–2009) and was a non-executive director of Tesco Plc (2005-2008), and of New Look plc (1999-2005).

Ms McCall was awarded the OBE for services to women in business in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2008.

She is joined on the New Year honours list by Ann Summers CEO Jacqueline Gold, Net-A-Porter founder Natalie Massenet and High Speed 1 CEO Nicola Shaw.

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