Former Flybe chief executive Christine Ourmieres-Widener has been appointed chief executive of TAP Air Portugal.

Her appointment was approved during the Portuguese flag carrier’s annual shareholders’ meeting on 24 June, when she also joined TAP’s board of directors.


Source: IATA

New TAP Air Portugal chief executive Christine Ourmieres-Widener, speaking at the 2019 IATA AGM

In a video message posted today on Twitter, Ourmieres-Widener says that TAP will “emerge stronger, with a relentless focus on our customers” and “an eagerness to embrace challenges and executive change and innovation”.

Ourmieres-Widener stepped down as chief executive of Flybe in July 2019, following the sale of the UK regional carrier to the Connect consortium earlier that year. The airline collapsed and filed for bankruptcy the following year.

She joined Flybe in early 2017, prior to which she was chief executive of CityJet.

A change in ownership at TAP last year, under which the Portuguese state took control of the stake held by a David Neeleman-led consortium, also ended the tenure of former Azul president Antonoaldo Neves as chief executive.