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Wizz Air Holdings PLC (WIZZ.L)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

William Franke

80 2004 Chairman of the Board

Jozsef Varadi

Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director

Stephen Jones

2017 Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice President

Iain Wetherall

2017 Chief Financial Officer

Diederik Pen

2017 Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President

Heiko Holm

2017 Chief Technical Officer

Johan Eidhagen

2016 Chief Marketing Officer

Owain Jones

2014 Chief Corporate Officer

George Michalopoulos

2016 Chief Commercial Officer

Bela Szegedi

2017 Chief Flight Operations Officer

Stephen Johnson

61 2011 Non-Executive Director

John Wilson

50 2005 Non-Executive Director

Peter Agnefjall

2018 Independent Non-Executive Director

Thierry De Preux

2012 Non-Executive Independent Director

Guido Demuynck

67 2014 Non-Executive Independent Director

Simon Duffy

69 2014 Non-Executive Independent Director

Barry Eccleston

2018 Non-Executive Independent Director

Susan Hooper

58 2016 Non-Executive Independent Director

John McMahon

56 2012 Senior Non-Executive Director Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

William Franke

Mr. William (Bill) A. Franke is a Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr Franke has been Chairman of Wizz Air since 2004. The Chairman’s role is to lead the Board and ensure that it operates effectively. Mr Franke is the founder and managing partner of Indigo, a private equity fund focused on air transportation. He is currently chairman of Frontier Airlines, Inc and JetSMART SpA.. From 1998 to 2001, Mr Franke was a managing partner of Newbridge Latin America, a private equity fund focused on Latin America. Mr Franke was the chairman and chief executive officer of America West Airlines from 1993 to 2001 and currently serves on the board of directors of Concesionaria Vuela Compañía de Aviación, S.A. de C.V., a Mexican airline that does business as Volaris. He served as chairman of Spirit Airlines Inc., a United States airline, from 2006 to 2013 and Tiger Aviation Pte. Ltd, a Singapore-based airline, from 2004 to 2009, and held directorships in Alpargatas S.A.I.C., an Argentina-based footwear and textiles manufacturer, from 1996 to 2007, and Phelps Dodge Corporation, a mining company, where he served as the lead outside director for several years, from 1980 to 2007. He has in the past served on a number of publicly listed company boards of directors including ON Semiconductor, Valley National Corporation, Southwest Forest Industries and the Circle K Corporation. Mr Franke has both undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford University and an honorary PhD from Northern Arizona University.

Jozsef Varadi

Mr. Jozsef Varadi is a Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director of the Company. Mr Váradi was one of the founders of Wizz Air in 2003. Mr Váradi worked at Procter & Gamble for ten years between 1991 and 2001, and became sales director for global customers where he was responsible for major clients throughout eleven EU countries. He then joined Malév Hungarian Airlines, the Hungarian state airline, as chief commercial officer in 2001, before serving as its chief executive officer from 2001 to 2003. He is currently a non-executive director of JetSMART SpA and he has also held board memberships with companies such as Lufthansa Technik Budapest (supervisory board, 2001–2003) and Mandala Airlines (board of commissioners, 2007–2011). Mr Váradi won the Ernst & Young Hungary “Brave Innovator” award in 2007 and the “Enterpreneur Of The Year” award in 2017. Mr Váradi holds a master’s degree in economics from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and a master’s degree in law from the University of London.

Stephen Jones

Mr. Stephen Jones is Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company. Mr. Jones is responsible for Wizz Air's commercial, marketing and information technology organizations with the Company's Chief Commercial Officer, Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Information Technology as direct reports. Mr Jones, who is a national of both New Zealand and the United Kingdom, has been the Chief Strategy, Network and Alliances Officer at Air New Zealand since 2013 during which time he was responsible for the airline's overall corporate strategy, network development, alliances and sustainability. He oversaw the airline's tightly cost-managed response to significant domestic competition from low cost carriers as well as the turnaround of the airline's international business in the face of severe competition from many Asian, Middle Eastern and low cost carriers in the trans-Tasman market, one of the most competitive markets in the world. Prior to this role, Mr Jones held a number of other roles in Air New Zealand since he joined the airline in 2001, including general manager of their low cost carrier Freedom Air, general manager of the airline's domestic business unit and Tasman and Pacific Islands business unit as well as general manager of investor relations and financial planning, following the airline's recapitalization in 2003. He also served as Chairman of the Star Alliance Management Board and the Star Alliance Strategy Committee.

Iain Wetherall

Mr. Iain Wetherall is Chief Financial Officer of the Company. He l joined Wizz Air in July 2011 as Head of Corporate Finance and, following the Company's initial public offering in 2015, he also led the Company's investor relations function before taking on the Head of Financial Planning & Control and Investor Relations in September 2016. Mr. Wetherall was promoted to Chief Financial Officer with effect from August 2017 responsible for the accounting and tax, financial planning and controlling, fleet acquisition and corporate finance and purchasing organizations. He is a chartered accountant, holds an Advanced Treasury Diploma from the Association of Corporate Treasurers, a Securities and Investment Diploma from the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments and was a Securities Representative authorized by the Securities and Futures Authority (now Financial Conduct Authority). Prior to Wizz Air, Mr. Wetherall gained experience in tax & treasury, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, accounting, audit, corporate governance, internal control and consulting in various finance roles for Royal Ahold, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG and Singer & Friedlander Bank Limited.

Diederik Pen

Mr. Diederik Pen is a Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company. He was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer in April 2017. Mr. Pen is responsible for Wizz Air's ground operations, flight operations, technical services, operations control organizations with the Chief Flight Operations Officer, Chief Technical Officer, Head of Operations Control Centre and Head of Ground Operations as direct reports. He was formerly the chief executive officer and chief operating officer of Martinair Holland. Prior to joining Martinair Holland in 2006, Mr Pen worked for Virgin Blue Airlines in Australia from 2002 to 2006 as head of ground operations, for Brisbane Airport Corporation in Australia as general manager of commercial services and for Amsterdam Airport Schiphol as manager of commercial services. Mr Pen has a master of business administration in business economics from the University of Amsterdam.

Heiko Holm

Mr. Heiko Holm is Chief Technical Officer of the Company. Mr. Holm graduated from the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, Germany as an Engineer specialized in Aircraft Construction and Design and went on to build a successful career with Lufthansa Technik, ultimately becoming the Director of Operations for Lufthansa Technik in Shenzhen, China, from where he joined Wizz Air.

Johan Eidhagen

Mr. Johan Eidhagen is Chief Marketing Officer of the Company. Mr. Eidhagen joined Wizz Air in January 2015 as Head of Brand and Marketing and was appointed Chief Marketing Officer effective 1 February 2016. Before joining Wizz Air Mr Eidhagen built an extensive sales and marketing career at Nokia, holding several senior global and regional marketing positions. He joined Nokia in 1998 from a background in retail and was head of marketing for the Nordic region until 2004, when he moved to Nokia HQ in Finland to run global marketing services for the entertainment category. Between 2005 and 2007 he was based in New York as the director of marketing for Nokia Multimedia in North America before returning to Finland where he was director and head of marketing for the Nokia Nseries Category. In 2009 he became country manager for Nokia in Sweden and was appointed as managing director for the Scandinavian region in 2011. Mr Eidhagen is a native of Stockholm and is a DIHM marketing graduate from the IHM Business School in Stockholm.

Owain Jones

Mr. Owain Jones is a Chief Corporate Officer of the Company. Mr Jones is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Having trained at Nicholson Graham & Jones (1994 to 1996), Mr Jones joined Wilde Sapte (now Dentons LLP) in 1996 as a solicitor in its aviation group, specialising in finance and regulatory matters. He spent time in the firm’s Paris and Hong Kong offices before being appointed a partner in 2006, following which he spent three years in the firm’s Abu Dhabi office, becoming acting managing partner of the office. He left the firm in 2009 to spend 18 months training for a frozen air transport pilot’s licence with CTC Aviation Training. Mr Jones holds a bachelor of laws degree from University College London.

George Michalopoulos

Mr. George Michalopoulos is Chief Commercial Officer of the Company. Mr. Michalopoulos joined Wizz Air in 2010 as Head of Pricing and Revenue Management and was then promoted to Head of Network Development, Scheduling and Sales in May 2015. Prior to Wizz Air, Mr Michalopoulos built an extensive commercial and revenue career at Flybaboo and Blu-Express. Mr Michalopoulos holds both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

Bela Szegedi

Mr. Bela Szegedi is Chief Flight Operations Officer of the Company. Mr. Szegedi has been with Wizz Air since the start of the operations – he joined as a Direct Entry Captain from MALEV Hungarian Airlines in 2004. He has been involved in Flight Crew Training as Type Rating Instructor since 2005 and as Standardization Instructor since 2013. Mr. Szegedi was promoted to Head of Crew Training in 2015 and Chief Flight Operations Officer in October 2017. Mr. Szegedi holds an engineering degree from the Technical College of Nyiregyhaza in Hungary. He is an active commercial pilot by having built his experience through operations in Africa, Middle East and Europe.

Stephen Johnson

Mr. Stephen L. Johnson is a Non-Executive Director of the Company. Mr Johnson is executive vice president, corporate affairs for American Airlines Group Inc. and its principal subsidiary, American Airlines, Inc. Previously, Mr Johnson served as executive vice president, corporate and government affairs for US Airways. Prior to joining US Airways in 2009, Mr Johnson was a partner at Indigo from 2003 to 2009. Between 1995 and 2003, Mr Johnson held a variety of positions with America West Holdings Corporation prior to its merger with US Airways Group, including executive vice president, corporate. Prior to joining America West, Mr Johnson served as senior vice president and general counsel at GPA Group plc, an aircraft leasing company, and as an attorney at Seattle-based law firm Bogle & Gates, where he specialised in corporate and aircraft finance and taxation. Mr Johnson earned his MBA and Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor of arts in economics from California State University, Sacramento.

John Wilson

Mr. John Rowland Wilson is a Non-Executive Director of the Company. Mr Wilson is a member of the board of directors of Frontier Airlines, Inc., together with its holding companies, Frontier Airlines Holdings, Inc. and Frontier Group Holdings, Inc. Mr. Wilson is also a member of the board of directors of JetSMART SpA.. Prior to joining Indigo he served at America West Airlines from 1997 to 2004 as the vice president of financial planning and analysis, vice president of operations finance and in other senior finance positions. From 1991 to 1997 he was employed by Northwest Airlines where he last served as director of finance for Asian operations based in Tokyo, Japan. Mr Wilson served on the board of Spirit Airlines Inc. from 2009 to 2013 and served on the board of Vuela Compañía de Aviación, S.A.P.I. de C.V. from 2010 to 2012. Mr Wilson has an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and an undergraduate degree in finance from Texas Tech University.

Peter Agnefjall

Mr. Peter Agnefjall is Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. A Swedish national, Mr. Agnefjäll was the President and Chief Executive Officer of IKEA Group from 2013 to 2017. Following his graduation as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Linköping in 1995, Mr. Agnefjäll joined IKEA's trainee programme in 1995 and he was subsequently promoted a number of times within the group, including to roles acting as the assistant to former Chief Executive Officers as well as the founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad before finally being promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer. During his 4 years in that role, Mr. Agnefjäll oversaw the profitable growth of IKEA with a regard to positive impacts on people and the planet. Turnover grew more than 35% to €36 billion, with an average net profit of €3.5 billion/year. Co-worker numbers grew from 30,000 to 140,000 with increased co-worker satisfaction and measurable progress on diversity. Mr. Agnefjäll also led the digital transformation of the business, with several new platforms being developed and implemented which significant increased digital turnover and grew online sessions from 1 to almost 2.3 billion visits. Sustainability was also a key focus, with investments in more than 730,000 solar panels and 415 wind turbines, with the aim that IKEA should produce the same amount of energy as the group consumes from their own renewable sources.

Thierry De Preux

Mr. Thierry De Preux is a Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. Mr. de Preux was a founding Shareholder of Wizz Air in 2003 and joined the Board in 2012. A qualified chemical engineer, Mr de Preux completed his master of business administration at Harvard Business School and went on to become a general manager at the Nestlé Group. He subsequently spent 17 years as the head of the Swiss division of Korn/Ferry International, where he specialised in board consulting and recruitment. In 2008, Mr de Preux founded the Swiss Board Members Forum, an association including board members of the 20 largest companies on the Swiss Market Index.

Guido Demuynck

Mr. Guido J.M. Demuynck is a Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. Mr Demuynck spent more than 25 years with Koninklijke Philips N.V., holding various roles including general manager, portable audio business line, general manager, audio business group and Marantz, and chief executive, consumer electronics (as a member of the group management committee of Royal Philips Electronics and senior vice president). He then held the positions of board member, responsible for the mobile division, at KPN (Koninklijke) N.V. and chief executive of Kroymans Corporation B.V. and Liquavista B.V.. Mr Demuynck was a member of the supervisory board and chairman of the remuneration committee of TomTom N.V. and of Divitel Holding B.V.. He is a member of the board of directors, member of the remuneration committee and chairman of the audit committee of Proximus N.V. (previously Belgacom), a member of the supervisory board of Teleplan International N.V. and Aito B.V.. Mr Demuynck has a master’s degree in applied economics (magna cum laude) from the University of Antwerp and a master’s degree in marketing and distribution (magna cum laude) from the University of Ghent.

Simon Duffy

Mr. Simon Patrick Duffy is a Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. Mr Duffy started his career at NM Rothschild & Sons Ltd and has held positions at Shell International Petroleum Co, Bain & Co, Consolidated Gold Fields Plc, Guinness Plc, Thorn EMI Plc (where he held the position of deputy chairman and group finance director), World Online International B.V. (where he held the position of deputy chairman and chief executive), End2End AS (where he held the position of chief executive), Orange SA (where he held the position of chief financial officer), NTL:Telewest Inc. (where he held the position of executive vice chairman) and Tradus Plc (where he held the position of executive chairman). Mr Duffy has extensive London Stock Exchange non-executive director experience. He has sat on the board of, amongst others, Gartmore Plc, HMV Group Plc, GWR Group Plc and Imperial Tobacco Plc. He is currently chairman of You View TV Ltd., which is a joint venture between British Telecom, TalkTalk and all the leading broadcasters in the United Kingdom. He is a non-executive director of Modern Times Group AB, one of Europe’s largest broadcasting companies listed on the Stockholm Exchange, and of Telit Communications Plc, a leading company in the IoT (internet of things) sector listed in London. He is chairman of the audit committee at both companies. Mr Duffy has a BA in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Barry Eccleston

Mr. Barry Eccleston is a Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Eccleston recently retired as Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Americas Inc., where he was responsible for all aspects of Airbus' commercial airplanes business in North America, a position he held since 2005. Prior to this, Mr. Eccleston was VP/GM for Honeywell's Propulsion Systems Enterprise and had earlier served as Honeywell's VP Commercial Aerospace for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Before joining Honeywell in 2002, he was Executive VP of Fairchild Dornier Corporation, a provider of Regional Aircraft. He started his career with Rolls Royce where he held several senior positions, culminating as CEO of International Aero Engines, a joint venture with Pratt & Whitney. Mr Eccleston holds a bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Loughborough University and completed the International Executive Program at the IMD in Lausanne, and holds an Honorary Doctorate from Vaughn College of Aeronautics. He is currently Chairman of the British-American Business Association in Washington DC., past President of The Wings Club of New York, and has served on the Boards of other industry Associations. He is currently an outside director of FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd, a Canadian public company, and a past outside director at Vector Aerospace Corporation in Canada.

Susan Hooper

Ms. Susan Mary Hooper is Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company, Ms. Hooper was appointed to the Board of Directors as a Non-Executive Director in March 2016 and serves on Wizz Air's Audit and Remuneration Committees. A UK national, Ms Hooper was managing director of British Gas Services, leading the service and repair, central heating installations, electrical services and Dyno-Rod business units until November 2014. She joined British Gas from the Acromas Group, where she was chief executive of the travel division, responsible for Saga holidays and hotels, Saga cruises, Spirit of Adventure cruises, Titan Travel and the travel division of the AA. Previously, Ms Hooper held senior roles at Royal Caribbean International, Avis Europe, PepsiCo International, McKinsey & Company and Saatchi & Saatchi. During her time with PepsiCo International, Ms Hooper spent over five years based in Central and Eastern European countries. She is currently a non-executive director of Affinity Water Ltd. and The Rank Group plc, as well as being an advisory board member of LUISS Business School in Rome. Ms Hooper recently became non-executive board member of the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) of the UK. From 2011 to 2014 she was a non-executive director of Whitbread PLC and has held several other non-executive directorships, including at First Choice plc, Transcom SA, Royal and Sun Alliance Group plc and Courtaulds Textiles Plc.

John McMahon

Mr. John McMahon is a Senior Non-Executive Director Independent Director of the Company. He has more than 30 years of experience in commercial aviation, initially with Aer Lingus, GPA Group and GE Capital Aviation Services, before later holding senior management positions at debis AirFinance (now AerCap) and Lloyds TSB Bank. In 2006, he led the initial public offering and New York Stock Exchange listing of Genesis Lease Limited, an aircraft leasing company, where he served as chairman and chief executive officer until its merger with AerCap in 2010. Since then, he has served as a consultant, director and lecturer. His non-executive directorships include Airspeed Limited, BNP Paribas Ireland, Investec Aircraft Syndicate Limited, Turbine Engines Securitization Limited and Waypoint Leasing Limited. Mr McMahon holds a bachelor of engineering degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and post-graduate diplomas in accounting and finance (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and computer modelling and simulation (Trinity College Dublin). He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and is a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors.