Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Eastjet’s HR director flies to pastures newOn 18 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. EasyJet’s HR director Graham Abbey is leaving the company and will bereplaced by an interim HR director, following the airline’s merger with formerrival Go. Abbey will leave imminently to set up his own HR consultancy business. He said: “We have substantially completed the integration of Go andwhat is required now is to set up new pieces of work and projects. This isactually a very sensible time for me to go.” Abbey has been replaced by interim HR director Stephen Connock, who willhold the position for six months while a permanent replacement is found. During the next six months, business development director Mike Cooper andoperations director Vilhelm Hahn-Petersen will also leave the airline, once theintegration is fully complete. Abbey’s consultancy will be called March Friday and will focus on developingthe HR function. It aims to redress what he sees as a shortage of strategic andchange-orientated HR professionals. “The technical development of HR has come a long way in the last 10years, but what isn’t as strong is the development of commercial people –people that can make change happen,” he said. Abbey’s second management book is to be published later this month.