Last week I wrote about what I found to be an interesting development at Ryanair.
As he said at the time, “they need my help there is a big challenge. It is a form of national service.”
That’s why it was interesting to learn last week that Bellew will be leaving Ryanair at the end of the year. More details weren’t provided, though I imagined there was likely more to the story.
Did he have another job opportunity elsewhere, did he not see a future at Ryanair, or what? Interestingly his announcement came the same day that Norwegian’s CEO announced his resignation, leading many to believe that maybe he was taking over that role at the airline.
Well, we now know more about Bellew’s future, and it doesn’t involve Norwegian.
EasyJet has announced that Peter Bellew will become their new COO. As of now few other details are known, like when he’ll start the job.
Suffice to say that this is an interesting development. He was the CEO at Malaysia Airlines, he then became COO at Ryanair, and now he’s taking on a similar role at EasyJet. EasyJet and Ryanair are roughly the same size (Ryanair is a bit bigger), though EasyJet certainly isn’t as much of a mess as Ryanair was a couple of years ago when Bellew joined.
I’d be very curious to know what’s going on behind the scenes here. Bellew claimed that he had been looking for other opportunities, which leads me to believe he didn’t see any further advancement opportunities at Ryanair.
Ryanair right now is breaking up the airline into multiple business units, with Michael O’Leary overseeing the entire group. I wouldn’t be surprised if for whatever reason Bellew wasn’t offered anything better, and he decided his time was up at the airline.
I have a lot of respect for Bellew, and wish him all the best at EasyJet.