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Board of Directors

Nico Bezuidenhout, Chief Executive Officer 

Nico Bezuidenhout joined fastjet as CEO on 1 August 2016, bringing years of low-cost airline expertise and invaluable market knowledge to the company.

Prior to working with fastjet, Nico acted as CEO of Mango Airlines, the low-cost subsidiary of South African Airways. Nico worked with Mango for ten years from its inception, and grew it into a major player in the South African domestic air travel market, with a 25 percent market share and a fleet of 10 Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

During this time, Nico has also acted twice as CEO of South African Airways itself during interim periods, guiding the company through transitions in leadership and developing its long-term strategy. He was also involved in launching SAA’s e-commerce and electronic ticketing.

Before taking on the African aviation business, Nico founded South Africa’s first and most recognised ticketing service, Ticketweb.

Lisa Mitchell, Chief Financial Officer

Lisa joined the board as Chief Financial Officer in January 2016, bringing more than 20 years’ experience as a senior finance officer in the natural resources and pharmaceutical sectors.

Lisa was previously the Chief Financial Officer of Ophir Energy plc, a FTSE-250 listed upstream and production oil and gas company, with assets in East and West Africa as well as Asia.

Lisa, a Certified Practising Accountant with the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants, has worked in both AIM quoted and Main Market listed companies.

Rashid Wally, Non-Executive Chairman 

Rashid Wally was appointed as Non-Executive Chairman with effect from 1 April 2017. Mr Wally is currently the Chairman and member of the Audit Committee of Mango Airlines (SOC) Ltd.

He will be stepping down from Mango to take over the role of Chairman of fastjet from Nico Bezuidenhout, fastjet CEO, who was appointed Interim Chairman in November 2016.

In addition to his airline experience, Mr Wally has a track record spanning over 38 years in the information technology sector having held various senior executive positions with IBM in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia and Lenovo in Africa.

He is highly regarded for his corporate turnaround experience, having successfully completed many restructuring projects in his previous roles. Mr Wally also has significant corporate governance expertise which will benefit fastjet as it continues to expand and develop.

Robert Burnham, Non-Executive Director

Rob has held a variety of executive director and senior management positions in a number of listed companies both in the UK and USA.

He has undertaken lead roles in substantial merger and acquisition transactions and, as Chairman, led a flotation on the London AIM market. He currently operates as a Management Consultant advising businesses on building enterprise value through profitable growth and staff professional development.

Peter Hyde, Non-Executive Director

Peter Hyde joined the board as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee on 24 March, 2017.

Mr Hyde brings extensive financial and UK corporate expertise to the Board, having spent more than 30 years in the financial services industry including extensively covering the transport and aviation sectors as a research analyst.

Mr Hyde also has significant industry experience, having previously served as CEO of easyBus and having held senior project management roles at National Express. Mr Hyde is an independent Non-Executive Director and not a representative of the easyGroup.