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Death of John Barton, easyJet chairman

    John Barton

    easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and easyGroup are saddened by the news of the sudden death of John Barton, chairman of the airline for over eight years. He had a long and distinguished career in finance and industry, serving as chairman of retailer Next and Britannic Assurance before taking the chair at easyJet in 2013.

    He will be much missed.

    The full statement from easyJet follows:

    John Barton

    easyJet is saddened to hear of the death of John Barton, who very recently stepped down as Chairman of the Company on 1 December after a tenure of almost nine years. 

    Johan Lundgren, Chief Executive, said:

    “I am truly shocked and extremely saddened to hear of John’s passing. I was very fortunate to have worked closely with him over the years and benefited greatly from his wise counsel. He was a man of huge integrity who was very much liked and respected by everyone across the airline. On behalf of all of his former colleagues at easyJet, we send our heartfelt sympathies to John’s family at this time. He will be greatly missed.”

    Stephen Hester, Chair of easyJet, said:

    “John was a distinguished Chair and made an outstanding contribution to the Company during his tenure. He was also a wonderful human being. On behalf of the Board, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to John’s family at this difficult time.”