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Monday 25 June 2018

Dubliner Joyce intends to stick at Qantas chief executive role

Mr Joyce was appointed chief executive Qantas in 2008, having been the boss of Jetstar from 2003. Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg
Mr Joyce was appointed chief executive Qantas in 2008, having been the boss of Jetstar from 2003. Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has insisted he's not leaving his role any time soon after making a raft of senior executive changes in recent weeks.

"Part of my jobs is to have a number of candidates internally for consideration going forward as my successor," Mr Joyce (51) told the Irish Independent.

"I think the group is very different than when I took over nine years ago," he added.

A Dubliner, Mr Joyce was appointed chief executive Qantas in 2008, having been the boss of Jetstar from 2003.

The chief executive of Qantas subsidiary Jetstar, Jayne Hrdlicka, was appointed the CEO of Qantas Loyalty and Digital Ventures as part of the shake-up.

Gareth Evans shifted from being CEO of Qantas International to heading Jetstar, while Alison Webster, the executive manager of the Qantas freight and catering unit, was appointed CEO of Qantas International.

Qantas has just emerged from a three-year turnaround that has seen it post bumper profits in the past two years.

"For someone to take over the group, I feel it's a really good thing to have experience of different parts of the group, and have a broader perspective," he said.

"You can assume that by these organisation changes that we've just made, I'll be around for some time because we want to give these people a go at the role," he said.

"I'm still pretty young at 51 years of age, and as long as the board and the shareholders want me in the job, think I'm adding value, and I'm enjoying it… then I'll continue."

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