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easyJet IT boss to retire

Angelica Mari

The IT director at budget airline easyJet is to retire towards the end of the year and former Homeserve chief information officer (CIO) Trevor Didcock has been appointed as a replacement.

During his tenure of more than four years, Newing carried out an internal review of IT platforms, processes and manual procedures, while driving automation to reduce overheads involved in handling crew and operational activities.

Managing IT at the airline has not always been an easy ride for Newing though: earlier this year, thousands of passengers faced disruption across easyJet's European destinations as the reservation systems crashed.

Didcock joined easyJet a couple of weeks ago. According to a spokesperson at the company, he has the CIO title - rather than IT director, which was Newing's position - due to his previous experience in similar roles and also because the airline recognises the need for a C-level IT executive.

Didcock, previously an IT leader at organisations including the AA and the RAC, will sit on the board just as his predecessor and will report to the chief executive.

"easyJet is well known for innovative thinking, both in our business model and how we use technology. I am very privileged to be taking on one of the most exciting jobs in IT," Didcock said.


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