EasyJet hires Paul Moore as comms director to replace Oliver Aust

EasyJet has appointed a high-profile new comms director to replace current comms chief Oliver Aust.

‘Valuable asset’: Paul Moore
‘Valuable asset’: Paul Moore

The airline has recruited Paul Moore, comms and public affairs director at global bus and train company FirstGroup. He previously worked at Virgin Atlantic Airways, where he was director of corporate affairs.

Aust leaves at the end of the month for a new job. Aust dec­lined to divulge where he was heading, but said he would be taking up another director of comms role.

EasyJet chief executive Carolyn McCall, herself app­ointed this year, said of Moore: ‘His experience will be extremely valuable to easyJet.’

This week the airline settled its dispute with founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou over the use of the ‘easy’ brand for travel extras, such as car rental and hotel bookings. The company agreed to pay Haji-Ioannou 0.25 per cent of its annual profit to use the ‘easy’ name.

The company is also in the final stages of reviewing its corporate and financial PR account. It is understood a decision between incumbent FD and Finsbury, which it used during the court case with Haji-Ioannou, is imminent.

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