Management Team

NameRole
József VáradiChief Executive Officer
Stephen JonesExecutive Vice President and Deputy CEO
George MichalopoulosChief Commercial Officer
Diederik PenExecutive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer
József UjhelyiChief Flight Operations Officer
Owain JonesChief Corporate Officer
Johan EidhagenChief Marketing Officer
Iain WetherallChief Financial Officer
Heiko HolmChief Technical Officer

Biographies

József Váradi, Chief Executive Officer

Mr Váradi was one of the founders of Wizz Air in 2003. Mr Váradi worked at Procter & Gamble for ten years between 1991 and 2001, and became Sales Director for Global Customers where he was responsible for major clients throughout 11 EU countries. He then joined Malév Hungarian Airlines, the Hungarian state airline, as Chief Commercial Officer in 2001, before serving as its Chief Executive Officer from 2001 to 2003. He has also held board memberships with companies such as Lufthansa Technik Budapest (Supervisory Board, 2001-2003) and Mandala Airlines (Board of Commissioners, 2007-2011). In 2007, Mr Váradi won the Ernst & Young Hungary “Brave Innovator” award. Mr Váradi holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and a Master’s Degree in law from the University of London.

Stephen Jones, Executive Vice President and Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Jones joined Wizz Air in October 2017 as Executive Vice President and Deputy Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Jones is responsible for Wizz Air's commercial, marketing and information technology organizations with the Company's Chief Commercial Officer, Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Information Technology as direct reports. Mr Jones, who is a national of both New Zealand and the United Kingdom, has been the Chief Strategy, Network and Alliances Officer at Air New Zealand since 2013 during which time he was responsible for the airline's overall corporate strategy, network development, alliances and sustainability. He oversaw the airline's tightly cost-managed response to significant domestic competition from low cost carriers as well as the turnaround of the airline's international business in the face of severe competition from many Asian, Middle Eastern and low cost carriers in the trans-Tasman market, one of the most competitive markets in the world. Prior to this role, Mr Jones held a number of other roles in Air New Zealand since he joined the airline in 2001, including general manager of their low cost carrier Freedom Air, general manager of the airline's domestic business unit and Tasman and Pacific Islands business unit as well as general manager of investor relations and financial planning, following the airline's recapitalization in 2003. He also currently serves as Chairman of the Star Alliance Management Board and the Star Alliance Strategy Committee.

George Michalopoulos, Chief Commercial Officer

Mr. Michalopoulos joined Wizz Air in 2010 as Head of Pricing and Revenue Management and was then promoted to Head of Network Development, Scheduling and Sales in May 2015. Prior to WIZZ, Mr. Michalopoulos, 35, built an extensive commercial and revenue management career at Flybaboo and Blu-Express. Mr. Michalopoulos is a Swiss, British and Greek citizen and holds both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

Diederik Pen, Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer

Mr Pen joined Wizz Air in January 2013, becoming Chief Operations Officer and Accountable Manager in September 2013. As of 1 April 2017 Mr Pen was appointed Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer. He was formerly the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Martinair Holland. Prior to joining Martinair Holland in 2006, Mr Pen worked for Virgin Blue Airlines in Australia from 2002 to 2006 as Head of Ground Operations, for Brisbane Airport Corporation in Australia as General Manager of Commercial Services and for Amsterdam Airport Schiphol as Manager of Commercial Services. Mr Pen has a Master of Business Administration in Business Economics from the University of Amsterdam.

József Ujhelyi, Chief Flight Operations Officer

Mr. Ujhelyi joined Wizz Air in 2004 as Head of Purchasing and Commercial Partners, and has since been heading various commercial departments in the organization over the past 12 years. Mr. Ujhelyi was the Head of Airport Development since 2012 and was appointed Chief Flight Operations Officer 1 July 2016. Prior to WIZZ, Mr. Ujhelyi, 49, built an extensive commercial and management career at Malév Hungarian Airlines and Procter and Gamble. Mr. Ujhelyi holds a diploma in Traffic and Transportation Engineering from Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

Owain Jones, Chief Corporate Officer

Mr Jones joined Wizz Air as General Counsel in September 2010 and was promoted to Chief Corporate Officer in June 2014. Mr Jones is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Having trained at Nicholson Graham & Jones (1994 to 1996), Mr Jones joined Wilde Sapte (now Dentons LLP) in 1996 as a solicitor in its aviation group, specialising in finance and regulatory matters. He spent time in the firm’s Paris and Hong Kong offices before being appointed a partner in 2006, following which he spent three years in the firm’s Abu Dhabi office, becoming acting Managing Partner of the office. He left the firm in 2009 to spend 18 months training for a frozen air transport pilot’s licence with CTC Aviation Training. Mr Jones holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from University College London.

Johan Eidhagen, Chief Marketing Officer

Mr. Eidhagen joined Wizz Air in January 2015 as Head of Brand and Marketing and was appointed Chief Marketing Officer 1 February 2016. Before joining WIZZ Mr. Eidhagen built an extensive sales and marketing career at Nokia, holding several senior global and regional marketing positions. He joined Nokia in 1998 from a background in retail and was head of marketing for the Nordic region until 2004 when he moved to Nokia HQ in Finland to run global marketing services for the entertainment category. Between 2005 and 2007 he was based in New York as the Director of Marketing for Nokia Multimedia in North America before returning to Finland where he was Director and Head of Marketing for the Nokia Nseries Category. In 2009 he became Country manager for Nokia in Sweden and was appointed as Managing Director for the Scandinavian region in 2011. Mr. Eidhagen is a native of Stockholm and is a DIHM Marketing graduate from the IHM Business School in Stockholm.

Iain Wetherall, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Wetherall joined Wizz Air in 2011 as Head of Corporate Finance and, following the Company’s initial public offering in 2015, he also led the Company’s investor relations function before taking on his current role of Head of Financial Planning & Control and Investor Relations in September 2016. Mr. Wetherall is a chartered accountant, holds an Advanced Treasury Diploma from the Association of Corporate Treasurers, a Securities and Investment Diploma from the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments and was a Securities Representative authorized by the Securities and Futures Authority (now Financial Conduct Authority). Prior to Wizz Air, Mr. Wetherall gained experience in tax &treasury, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, accounting, audit, corporate governance, internal control and consulting in various finance roles for Royal Ahold, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG and Singer & Friedlander Bank Limited.

Heiko Holm, Chief Technical Officer

Mr. Holm joined Wizz Air in 2015 as Head of Technical Services. Mr. Holm graduated from the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, Germany as an Engineer specialized in Aircraft Construction and Design and went on to build a successful career with Lufthansa Technik, ultimately becoming the Director of Operations for Lufthansa Technik in Shenzhen, China, from where he joined Wizz Air.