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If I was a betting man … I have just realised who will take over at Qantas when Alan Joyce leaves.

March 8, 2014 Aviation, Headline News 2 Comments Email Email

egtmedia59It appears that Qantas is leaking like sieve, with many disgruntled employees facing the sack and it also appears very happy to tell the world what is going on inside the troubled airline.

The amazing part of all this is that in this whole scenario Qantas’ very own PR team is deadly quiet, with releases from them having all but dried up.

image009It appears that several of the travel and consumer media have this week received information post Qantas’ dramatic loss released last week, that the flying kangaroo is regrouping with a significant senior management shuffle, with it appears Alan Joyce hanging on in there, but all of which may not be enough to satisfy the airline’s angry shareholders.

It is reported that the airline’s domestic and international operations will continue to be headed up by Lyell Strambi and Simon Hickey, with Lesley Grant staying to run Qantas Loyalty and also Jayne Hrdlicka appears to be safe as CEO of Jetstar.

The big surprise or actually when you think about it, not a surprise at all, is the appointment of Andrew David [pictured: credit The Sydney Morning Herald] to become Chief Operating Officer for the whole Qantas business.

You may recall that Mr David was formerly COO of Virgin Australia, then CEO of Tiger Australia, rescuing it from a disastrous fate, then surprisingly at the time after Virgin’s investment in Tiger, joining Jetstar as Executive Director Jetstar Japan and New Zealand.

Before all that he spent thirteen years with Air New Zealand in various executive roles, moving to Australia in 2005 from New Zealand.

I interviewed Mr David when he was still running Tiger and he was very impressive indeed then, bringing a tremendous aviation pedigree to the role and as I say , if I was a betting man, I reckon he is the man that will be waiting in the wings to succeed Alan Joyce and rescue Qantas.

Anyone fancy a bet and what do you think?

A report by John Alwyn-Jones, Special Correspondent

Currently there are "2 comments" on this Article:

  1. Mark Cameron says:

    my prediction is that Mr Joyce will be gone soon – he has had enough time and his strategies have not been very successful………….

  2. Andrew says:

    It can’t happen soon enough!

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