EasyJet CEO cuts salary to match female predecessor

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EasyJet's new male chief executive has cut his annual salary to that of his female predecessor, citing the low-priced airline's commitment to equal pay, the group said Monday. The former CEO, Carolyn McCall, left the company after eight years with a salary of £706,000 (approximately $990,730) - a gap of almost five percent.

McCall joined British broadcaster ITV (ITVPY) as CEO at the start of 2018, earning a base annual salary of £900,000 ($1.3 million).

He added: "I also want to affirm my own commitment to address the gender imbalance in our pilot community which drives our overall gender pay gap".

Johan Lundgren, who took over as chief executive of the budget airline on December 1, will see his salary slashed from £740,000 to £706,000. In all or respects, including bonuses, your remuneration package will be identical to McCall's. The airline says it has a progressive culture to enabled female pilots to progress more easily than at other airlines, with over a third of easyJet's female pilots already Captains.

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The former deputy chief of travel group Tui released a statement explaining the decision.

McCall is one of only eight female chief executives of a FTSE 100 company.

Having recognised the imbalance, EasyJet launched its Amy Johnson Initiative three years ago to encourage more women to become pilots, setting a target for 20% of new pilots to be female by 2020, up from just 6% in 2015.

The overall gender pay gap figure at easyJet is 51.7%. The salaries of pilots (and cabin crew members) have been collectively agreed and negotiated with trade unions, which means that y are exactly same for men and women. Around 4% of commercial pilots worldwide are female. easyJet does better than the industry as a whole at 5% and easyJet's progressive culture has enabled female pilots to progress more easily than at other airlines. The company recognizes that re is still room for improvement, and objective is that, for 2020, 20% of new pilots are women.

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