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Board of Directors

Nico Bezuidenhout, Chief Executive Officer and interim Executive Chairman

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 in January 2016, having previously been the CFO of Ophir Energy Plc, a FTSE

250 upstream and production oil and gas company with assets in East and West Africa and Asia. Lisa has more than 20 years experience as a senior finance officer in the resources and pharmaceutical sectors and has worked in both AIM quoted and Main Market listed companies.

Lisa is a Certified Practising Accountant with the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants and has a Bachelor of Economics from La Trobe University, Melbourne.

Robert Burnham, Non-Executive Director

Robert has held a variety of executive and management positions in the IT services and telecoms sector for over 25 years, including Lorien Plc and QA Plc.

He is currently Chairman of Connect Internet Solutions Limited, a £5 million business ‘spun out’ of Liverpool University. He is Chairman of Intecpc Limited, a company which specialises in the manufacture and sale of computers for use in hazardous environments.