Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, is pleased to announce that Roy Kinnear who is currently CEO of Air Seychelles will be joining the company as its new Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) with effect from January 2018.
In his new role, he will report directly to Flybe’s CEO and be a member of Flybe’s Executive Committee. He will have overall responsibility for heading up the airline’s commercial activities with its Revenue Management, Network, Scheduling, Ancillary, Sales, Marketing, e-commerce, Customer Care and Loyalty teams all reporting to him.
Mr Kinnear possesses a wealth of commercial airline experience gained from over 30 years in the industry having previously held various senior management roles with carriers that have included bmi, Gulf Air and Etihad.
Associated with this change, Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer, Vincent Hodder has moved to take up the position of Chief Strategy Officer. In this role, Vincent, will be fully focused on looking for new strategic opportunities that will drive profit growth. Prior to Mr Kinnear’s arrival at Flybe, Ronnie Matheson, Flybe’s Director of Revenue Management & Distribution, will take up the role of interim CCO.
Flybe CEO, Christine Ourmières-Widener says: “Roy will bring some exceptional talent to Flybe and we are thrilled to have recruited him to join us. He has a wealth of experience and I know that, with his very real passion for the industry, he will add an exciting new dimension in leading the commercial area and help continue the implementation of our plan to position Flybe as Europe’s best regional airline.”
“I’m delighted to be joining Flybe in this new role,” adds Mr Kinnear. “It’s an exciting time for the airline as it consolidates and continues to build on its position as the leading regional airline in Europe. I’m very much looking forward to working with the commercial team to drive up the airline’s profitability.”