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date: 23 September 2017

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sir david_michels375x222Sir David Michels
Deputy Chairman

Date of easyJet appointment:
6 March 2006 - 26 August 2011

Official resumé:*
David (1946) was appointed to the Board on 6 March 2006. He is currently the deputy chairman of Marks and The page is temporarily unavailable

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Spencer plc and is also non-executive director of Capital and Strategic Hotels and Resorts Inc and Jumeirah Hotels.

David has held a number of senior management and plc board positions in the leisure industry. He spent 15 years with Grand Metropolitan mainly in sales and marketing, which culminated in a Board position as worldwide marketing director. In 1989, he became deputy chairman of Hilton UK and executive vice-president, Hilton International. He joined Stakis in 1991 as chief executive and became group chief executive of the Hilton Group (formerly Ladbroke Group) in June 2000, a position he held until 2006.

He is the current President of the British Hospitality Association and was knighted in June 2006 for services to the hospitality industry.

Other current directorships:

  • Marks and Spencer Group PLC
  • Myco UK 2006 Limited


Historic directorships:

*Official resumé as posted at easyJet.com, June 2010

Press coverage:

Date Item
28.08.2011 Sunday Times: No easy life for board
easyJet's board keeps giving ground to Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, and he keeps asking for more. Last week the directors capitulated to his demand for the early departure of Sir David Michels, the deputy chairman. It dates back to the long-standing row over speed of growth, royalties and dividends...
27.08.2011 The Telegraph: Stelios steps up row with easyJet as Michels departs
Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the founder of easyJet, has vowed to take "further steps" to protect shareholder value at the airline after forcing the early exit of its deputy chairman, Sir David Michels. The airline said that Sir David would stand down from the firm's board with immediate effect to "avoid the unnecessary costs and distraction" of an extraordinary general meeting called for by Sir Stelios.
27.08.2011 Financial Times: Michels departs easyJet early
27.08.2011 The Times: Michels jumps from easyJet early amid a Stelios storm
27.08.2011 The Independent: Sir David Michels quits easyJet board
27.08.2011 Daily Mail: Turbulence at easyJet as senior director resigns
27.08.2011 Daily Express: easyJet flies into new row
26.08.2011 Evening Standard: Stelios claims victory as Michels quits easyJet early
19.06.2011 The Observer: Say hello, wave goodbye: the bosses who cash in loyalty bonuses as they walk out of the door
24.05.2011 Media coverage on the resignation of Sir David Michels from the board of easyJet
23.05.2011 Comment by Stelios on the resignation of Sir David Michels from the board of easyJet
24.08.2010 The Financial Times reports on David Michels' boardroom politics
14.07.2010 Sky.com: M&S faces revolt over boss's £15m pay deal
The board of Marks and Spencer faces a revolt at the company's AGM over the £15m pay deal offered to its new chief executive.
11.07.2010 Sunday Times: Stelios hits easyJet with cover-up claim
The dispute between Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and easyJet has intensified after he accused the airline of covering up the alleged abuse of free flights by its communications director. Sir Stelios alleges that Toby Nicol resigned after it was discovered, but is suggesting that the carrier should have prosecuted him, and has sent a letter to his lawyers to that effect.