Orange origins: Inside easyJet's early years

Joining a start-up can be a risky career move, especially when the company happens to be an airline. Thomas Haynes speaks to Tony Anderson about the time he made the leap from his job at Thomas Cook to become employee number three at a fledgling carrier called easyJet

Tony Anderson was the low-cost carrier's third employee. He joined in 1995 as director of marketing and would later go on to assume that role for easyGroup

Tony Anderson’s involvement with easyJet began in 1995 when a lunch meeting was arranged with the Greek-Cypriot entrepreneur, Stelios Haji-Ioannou. After an hour-long talk – which involved a barrage of questions and the delivery of a detailed business plan – he accepted the position of director of marketing, becoming the third employee of the brand-new carrier.

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