Former easyJet chairman John Barton has died suddenly aged 77, just days after leaving his role as chairman of the company.
Mr Barton left his role at easyJet on 1st December after nine years in the role during which he survived an ousting attempt by former easyJet boss Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou.
He also guided the airline through one of the most turbulent times in its history with almost all its fleet grounded during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Johan Lundgren, Chief Executive, said: “I am truly shocked and extremely saddened to hear of John’s passing. I was very fortunate to have worked closely with him over the years and benefited greatly from his wise counsel. He was a man of huge integrity who was very much liked and respected by everyone across the airline. On behalf of all of his former colleagues at easyJet, we send our heartfelt sympathies to John’s family at this time. He will be greatly missed.”
easyJet chair, Stephen Hester added: “John was a distinguished Chair and made an outstanding contribution to the Company during his tenure. He was also a wonderful human being. On behalf of the Board, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to John’s family at this difficult time.”
Mr Barton was also chairman of fashion giant Ted Baker.