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HALFORDS has lost its second senior executive in quick succession after budget airline easyJet raided the UK bike maker for its finance director Andrew Findlay.

Findlay will join easyJet by the end of October and fill the position vacated by Chris Kennedy who announced his departure for UK chip designer ARM at the start of the year.

His departure will cause more upheaval for the Halford’s board, which lost chief executive Matt Davies to Tesco in January.

Findlay has been CFO of Halfords since February 2011. Previously, he was director of finance, tax and treasury at Marks & Spencer and before that held senior finance roles at the London Stock Exchange and at Cable & Wireless.

Carolyn McCall, CEO of easyJet said: “He is a proven FTSE 250 CFO with great consumer experience and a strong focus on cost. He is part of the leadership team at Halfords which has created a much more customer-centric and profitable business.”

Halfords chairman Dennis Millard said: “He will be leaving Halfords in a healthy financial position and with an award-winning finance team.”