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CIO interview: Stuart Birrell, chief data and information officer, EasyJet

February 6, 2024

“I’m an engineer at heart,” says Stuart Birrell. “So this is fun.”

Fun, for the chief data and information officer at EasyJet, means running one of the biggest e-commerce operations in the UK, at the same time as overseeing the IT behind the world’s eighth-largest airline.

“You’ve got the real high energy, high speed, high cadence of an e-commerce, digital environment. But then you also have a very safety-conscious, highly regulated airline operation, with 15,000 crew and 30 bases, multilingual, having to run the day-to-day operations, subject to weather, regulations, all the rest,” he says.

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