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March 26, 2014 Appointments No Comments Email Email

Jetstar has announced the appointment of Ms Grainne Kearns to the role of Group Chief Information Officer.

Ms Kearns will oversee the information technology functions for the five Jetstar branded airlines across the Asia Pacific region.

Jetstar Group Chief Financial Officer Race Strauss said he was pleased to welcome Ms Kearns to the team at a pivotal time in the Group’s history.

“Since we started flying 10 years ago we’ve grown from a single domestic airline to a network of five branded carriers operating across 16 countries and territories,” Mr Strauss said.

“Grainne is an outstanding CIO with a great track record leading multinational companies and she’s the right person to help us navigate the transformation of our IT functions across the region.”

Before joining Jetstar, Ms Kearns was the CIO of Sensis, the advertising and media arm of Telstra.

During her six years at Sensis, Ms Kearns was also responsible for leading the Sensis business transformation program as well as the establishment of an internal consulting division for Telstra.

Originally from Ireland, Ms Kearns moved to Australia in 1992 and has had an extensive international career across all areas of IT.

Ms Kearns said it was an exciting time to join Jetstar as the brand approaches its 10th anniversary of flying.

“Jetstar has been at the cutting edge of technology and innovation over the past decade, rolling out world firsts such as SMS boarding passes and iPads for in-flight entertainment,” Ms Kearns said.

“This is a great time to be joining Jetstar and I’m very much looking forward to driving innovation and optimising our use of technology across the business.

“As we set out to realise the potential of our Pan Asian footprint, I know my team has a big role to play in ensuring we keep costs down and that we’re making the right investments to support the business.”

The Jetstar Group comprises Jetstar Airways (a subsidiary of Qantas Airways) in Australia and New

Zealand, Jetstar Asia in Singapore, Jetstar Pacific in Vietnam, Jetstar Japan and, subject to regulatory approval, Jetstar Hong Kong.

The Jetstar Group operates up to 4,000 flights a week to more than 60 destinations and carried more than 23 million people in FY13.

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