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Flybe appoints former Unilever Switzerland finance chief as CFO

FLYBE, Europe’s largest regional airline, has appointed Philip de Klerk as chief financial officer.

De Klerk will join the group from SABMiller no later than 1 November 2014, though Flybe hopes that “he may be in a position to do so as early as August 2014”.

He was formerly SABMiller’s global head of financial planning and analysis and finance director of its business capabilities programme. Prior to this, he was CFO of Ineos Olefins & Polymers Europe, a division with $10bn annual turnover.

Before joining Ineos, he 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 €1.8bn.

The appointment follows Andrew Knuckey’s decision, announced in August 2013, to leave Flybe in order to pursue other opportunities.

Saad Hammad, chief executive of Flybe, commented: “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.”

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