A senior Tui boss has been poached by easyJet as chief financial officer to help steer the carrier towards recovery from Covid-19.

Tui Group chief executive of aviation and markets business improvement director Kenton Jarvis is replacing Andrew Findlay, who previously announced his departure from the budget carrier.

Jarvis has held a number of senior group and divisional finance roles since joining Tui in 2003.

He was previously finance director at Airtours Holidays and held commercial finance roles at Adidas after qualifiying as a chartered accountant with PwC.

EasyJet said: “Kenton has extensive experience of the travel and aviation sector having held a variety of finance roles including serving as finance director of the Northern region for Tui AG, group director of finance and control and finance director for the mainstream sector overseeing £12.5 billion in revenue.

“He has served on the management board for Tui and proven his ability to drive savings and successful turnaround programmes.

“This expertise will be critical as easyJet enters a period of recovery from the most severe restrictions of the pandemic.”

The airline added: “We will provide an update on Kenton’s start date in due course.”

EasyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren, also a former Tui executive, said: “Kenton will join us during this period of exceptional challenge for global aviation.

“His depth of knowledge of the travel industry and financial skills will be key as we continue to rebuild following the pandemic.

“I look forward to working closely with him as we ensure that aviation plays a vital role in the economic recovery and enables people to fly for holidays and work once again.”

Jarvis said: “I am excited to be joining the most innovative, sustainable and customer-focused airline in Europe at such a pivotal moment in the history of the sector.

“I have great admiration for the team at easyJet and am proud to be joining them.”