Ray Webster is a 56- year old New Zealander who joined easyJet in March 1996 as managing director. He was appointed chief executive in 2000 as the airline prepared for its flotation on the London Stock Exchange in November.

Prior to joining easyJet, Webster had 27 years of experience in the airline industry at Air New Zealand (ANZ). He had a variety of different roles at ANZ during this time, starting with the engineering business. He formed ANZ's cargo business unit and was responsible for marketing, sales and operations within the Americas market.

His last role at ANZ was as general manager of strategic planning, where he was responsible for the identification, evaluation and implementation of corporate development options.

This included looking into the possibility of a low-cost start-up serving short-haul routes within the Australasian market.

A graduate of Stanford Business School in California, he lives in the fashionable Hampstead area of north London with his French wife Brigitte and has two grown up daughters and a grandson from his first marriage.

Source: Airline Business