LONDON, April 17 British airline easyJet
on Wednesday named John Barton, the chairman of fashion retailer
Next, as its next chairman.
The FTSE-100 low-cost airline said Barton would replace Mike
Rake on May 1, when Rake will step down from the role.
Barton, who is 68, has chaired Next since 2006 and is also
chairman of insurance group Catlin. He has also chaired
Brit Insurance, Cable & Wireless Worldwide and Jardine Lloyd
EasyJet will hope that Barton can improve the airline's
relationship with its founder and largest shareholder Stelios
Stelios has called on easyJet's management to slow the pace
of new aircraft deliveries and focus on improving shareholder
returns. He has threatened to reduce his stake in easyJet if it
places a large order to expand its fleet soon.