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Alan Joyce to Leave Qantas Earlier than Planned

Alan Joyce is to quit as CEO of Qantas earlier than planned.

The Irishman – who has been with Qantas for 22 years and has been the Australian airline group’s CEO for 15 years – has advised the board that he intends on bringing forward his retirement by two months in order to help the company accelerate its renewal.

Qantas announced, back in May, that Mr Joyce would be retiring and would be replaced by its first female CEO Vanessa Hudson, currently Qantas’ chief financial officer.

In light of Mr Joyce’s latest decision, Ms Hudson will become CEO tomorrow (September 6), with Rob Marcolina replacing her as chief financial officer.

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Alan Joyce said: “In the last few weeks, the focus on Qantas and events of the past make it clear to me that the company needs to move ahead with its renewal as a priority.

“The best thing I can do under these circumstances is to bring forward my retirement and hand over to Vanessa and the new management team now, knowing they will do an excellent job.

“There is a lot I am proud of over my 22 years at Qantas, including the past 15 years as CEO. There have been many ups and downs, and there is clearly much work still to be done, especially to make sure we always deliver for our customers. But I leave knowing that the company is fundamentally strong and has a bright future,” Mr Joyce said.

Qantas Chairman Richard Goyder said: “Alan has always had the best interests of Qantas front and centre, and today shows that. On behalf of the Board, we sincerely thank him for his leadership through some enormous challenges and for thinking well-ahead on opportunities like ultra long-haul travel.

“This transition comes at what is obviously a challenging time for Qantas and its people. We have an important job to do in restoring the public’s confidence in the kind of company we are, and that’s what the Board is focused on, and what the management under Vanessa’s leadership will do,” added Mr Goyder.

As planned, shareholders will formally vote on the appointment of Vanessa Hudson as Managing Director at Qantas’ Annual General Meeting in November.

Geoff Percival
Geoff Percival
Geoff has worked in business, news, consumer and travel journalism for more than 25 years; having worked for and contributed to the likes of The Irish Examiner, Business & Finance, Business Plus, The Sunday Times, The Irish News, Senior Times, and The Sunday Tribune.

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