Flybe finance chief quits during board overhaul

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UK-based regional operator Flybe Group's chief financial officer has resigned, and three other senior personnel are stepping down from the board under a managerial shake-up at the company.

It follows the arrival of Saad Hammad, who took over as chief executive from Jim French at the beginning of August.

Chief financial officer Andrew Knuckey, who has been in his role for six years, has chosen to leave the company to "pursue a number of finance opportunities", says Flybe.

Flybe UK's managing director, Andrew Strong, is stepping down from the board along with Flybe Outsourcing Solutions head Mike Rutter and director of corporate strategy Mark Chown.

Hammad is an ex-EasyJet executive and Flybe is recruiting another member of the budget carrier, Paul Simmons, to serve as Flybe chief commercial officer from the end of October.

Simmons is EasyJet's director for the UK market and is credited with helping to turn around the low-cost airline's performance in the country.