Jetset Travelworld, in which Qantas is a major shareholder, announced today that CEO Peter Lacaze will retire on September 30 and that former Group Executive Qantas Airlines Commercial, Rob Gurney will be Lacaze’s successor.
Lacaze oversaw the integration of Jetset Travelworld’s operations with Stella Travel Services following their $440 million merger in 2010, which created one of Australia’s largest travel companies, with Jetset saying Gurney would become CEO-designate at the end of the August to give him time to work with Lacaze over the following five weeks to ensure a smooth transition.
Gurney, most recently Qantas Group Executive Commercial and Freight, departed Qantas in the airline’s major restructure announced in May.
A Qantas statement issued at that time said that Gurney “as a consequence of the revised structure” had “decided that it is appropriate to leave the Group”.
Written by: John Alwyn-Jones