After leading the Qantas Group for the past 15 years, CEO Alan Joyce has announced that he will retire today, two months earlier than planned. Qantas Chairman Alan Joyce has announced a strategic decision to expedite the airline’s renewal efforts, with the aim of ensuring its continued growth and success. This pivotal development comes in response to recent events and a heightened focus on the airline’s future direction.

Effective from today, September 6, 2023, CEO designate Vanessa Hudson will assume the role of CEO, succeeding Alan Joyce. This leadership transition underscores Qantas’ commitment to addressing the evolving challenges and opportunities in the aviation industry. Joyce emphasized the urgency of the renewal process, stating, “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.” He expressed confidence in Vanessa Hudson and the new management team’s ability to carry the torch forward, emphasizing the company’s fundamental strength and promising future.

Richard Goyder, Qantas Chairman, lauded Joyce’s dedicated leadership throughout his 22-year tenure, especially during challenging times and pioneering initiatives such as ultra-long-haul travel. Goyder expressed the board’s gratitude for Joyce’s contributions to the company. Shareholders are scheduled to vote on Vanessa Hudson’s appointment as managing director at Qantas’ annual general meeting in November.

Alan Joyce has announced he is retiring early as chief executive of Qantas. Photograph Joel Carrett - AAP

Alan Joyce has announced he is retiring early as chief executive of Qantas. Photograph Joel Carrett - AAP

Additionally, in conjunction with Hudson’s new role as group CEO, Rob Marcolina will assume the position of group chief financial officer, effective immediately. Meanwhile, the Transport Workers Union (TWU) welcomed Alan Joyce’s early retirement, highlighting the need for a renewed focus on workers’ interests and corporate standards. TWU national secretary Michael Kaine called for a comprehensive reassessment of Qantas’ direction, emphasizing the importance of restoring job security and quality standards. Qantas remains dedicated to its mission of delivering exceptional service and maintaining its position as a leader in the aviation industry.


About Qantas:
Qantas is a renowned international airline committed to providing exceptional travel experiences. With a rich history spanning decades, the airline continues to evolve and innovate, delivering excellence in aviation and customer service.

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