Group Management Committee

The Qantas Group announced changes to its Group Management Committee on 28 August 2017. These changes will be effective from November 2017. The announcement can be viewed hereOpens in new window .

Alan Joyce

Alan Joyce has been Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Qantas since November 2008.

Under his leadership Qantas has implemented its biggest transformation since privatisation in 1995, renewed its fleet and technology, lifted customer satisfaction to record levels and expanded with new ventures and partnerships.

Mr Joyce served as founding Chief Executive Officer of Jetstar for five years from October 2003, establishing its operations in Australia and across Asia.

He was Chairman of the International Air Transport Association between July 2012 and June 2013.

Among other roles in business and the community, Mr Joyce is a Director of the Business Council of Australia and member of the Male Champions of Change.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (Physics and Mathematics) (Honours) and a Master of Science in Management Science.

Andrew David

Andrew David has extensive airline experience.

He commenced with Qantas as Chief Operating Officer in July 2014 and on 1 March 2015 was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Qantas Domestic.

Prior to joining Qantas he was Executive Director for Jetstar Japan.

Previous roles have included Chief Executive Officer of Tiger Airways Australia for eighteen months, and Chief Operating Officer of Virgin Australia for five and a half years.

Andrew moved to Australia in 2005 from New Zealand where he’d spent thirteen years with Air New Zealand in various executive roles.

Andrew began his career in IT consultancy.

He has an Executive MBA from Auckland University.

His work experience covers both full service and low cost carriers. He has been involved in start-ups, mergers, acquisitions and major change programs.

He has a broad range of commercial, operational and people leadership skills.

Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans was appointed CEO Jetstar Group in November 2017. Prior to this, Mr Evans was CEO Qantas International & Freight where he led the successful turnaround of Qantas’ international operations and the arrival of Boeing 787-9 Deamliners into the Qantas Fleet. He started this role in March 2015.

Mr Evans was the Chief Financial Officer of the Qantas Group from March 2010 to February 2015. As Chief Financial Officer his portfolio included Finance, Strategy, Treasury, IT, Procurement (including Fleet), Investor Relations, Mergers & Acquisitions and the Group’s Business Transformation Program.

Prior to March 2010, Mr Evans’ roles with Qantas covered many areas including a number of senior financial roles within the Group, commercial and business analytics and the implementation of major business change initiatives; scheduling of the international and domestic network, ticket pricing, revenue management and airline operations on the day; as well as readiness activities for the arrival of the Airbus A380.

Prior to joining the Qantas Group in 1999, Mr Evans held a number of corporate finance roles with Caltex Australia and KPMG in Australia and the UK.

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Andrew Finch

Andrew Finch joined the Qantas Group in 2012 and is the Qantas Group’s General Counsel and Group Executive, Office of the CEO (being the Group’s central assurance functions of safety, security and internal audit). Andrew is also the Qantas Group Company Secretary.

Mr Finch leads a team that is responsible for the management of legal, governance, compliance and business integrity, safety, security and internal audit risk across the Qantas Group.

Mr Finch has more than 25 years legal experience in Australia and overseas, joining the Qantas Group from the leading Australian practice of Allens, where he had been a partner specialising in mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets and general corporate and governance advice.

Mr Finch holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws from UNSW, a Master of Laws with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Business Administration (Exec) from the AGSM. He is a member of the ACC General Counsel Advisory Board, and ACC Australia’s GC100 and Advocacy Network.

John Gissing

John Gissing was appointed as Group Executive, Associated Airlines and Services in March 2015.

Mr Gissing previously held the position of Chief Executive Officer, Qantas Regional Airlines Group responsible for QantasLink branded operations.

His current role includes these functions as well as shared services for safety, workforce planning and ground operations as well as Auckland based B737 operator Jetconnect.

He held the position of Executive Manager, Group Safety and Health between 2009 and 2012, following six years at Jetstar as the Group General Manager, Flight Operations and Safety where he was a founding member of the Jetstar senior management team in 2004.

Mr Gissing joined Qantas Airways in 1999 and holds an Air Transport Pilot Licence with 10,000 hours flying experience.

He has more than 35 years’ experience in the aviation industry across regional, domestic and international operations in both the premium and low cost carrier sectors.

Lesley Grant

Lesley Grant was appointed as Group Executive People & Culture from 1 November 2017 and previously held the positions of Chief Executive Officer Qantas Loyalty from 2012 to 2017 and Group Executive Customer and Marketing.

Lesley is a Director of Taylor Fry Pty Ltd since March 2015, a Director of the Qantas Foundation since March 2009, a Director of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra since October 2015, a Director of Venues NSW since May 2017, a member of Chief Executive Women and was previously a non-executive director of UNICEF Australia from 2006 – 2015.

In addition to her current responsibilities, Lesley has played an active role within Qantas Group in talent development and inclusion and diversity.

Lesley has extensive senior executive experience in the airline industry in customer, brand, marketing, operations, digital and new ventures.

Prior to joining Qantas Group, Lesley held senior executive roles at both Ansett and Air New Zealand.

Jayne Hrdlicka

Jayne commenced as CEO Qantas Loyalty and Digital Ventures in December 2017. This includes innovation across the Qantas Group.

Jayne was CEO Jetstar Group for five years, which has grown to be four airlines across Australia and New Zealand, Japan, Singapore and Vietnam.

She joined Qantas in August 2010 as Group Executive Strategy and Information Technology and began her role in Jetstar in July 2012.

Jayne is a former senior partner with Bain & Company in the firm’s Customer Strategy and Marketing Practice, led Bain’s Customer Practice for the Asia region for many years and was also an inaugural member of Bain’s Global Women’s Leadership Council.

Early in her career, Jayne left consulting and spent six years as an executive running transformations as the COO and then CEO of two publishing and marketing related businesses.

She later returned to Bain as a senior leader in the Australian practice.

Tino La Spina

Tino has significant experience in the Transport industry in both Commercial and Financial roles having worked for a number of Airlines.

He joined Qantas in 2006 as General Manager Strategy, then CFO and Head of Commercial for Loyalty and was Group Deputy CFO from August 2009 before being appointed Group CFO in March 2015.

Tino’s airline experience also includes roles at Ansett & Skywest.

Prior to joining Qantas, Tino was the CFO of National Express Group Australia (the Australian operations of National Express Group plc), a public transport provider.

Tino commenced his career in professional firms, including Ernst & Young, where he held Tax Accounting and Audit positions in Australia and the UK.

Tino is a Chartered Accountant, a member of the Securities Institute of Australia and the Institute of Company Directors and is a member of the National Executive of the G100.

Tino’s portfolio includes Group Finance, Group Procurement, Treasury, Investor Relations and Mergers and Acquisitions.

Rob Marcolina

Rob Marcolina joined Qantas in October 2012 as Executive Manager Strategy and has expanded his role over the past few years to now having responsibility for driving the overall strategy of the Qantas Group, leading the group wide transformation program and day-to-day responsibility for Qantas’ IT systems, and their ongoing efficiency and effectiveness.

Prior to joining Qantas, Rob was a Partner with Bain & Company in Los Angeles and Sydney working across multiple industries, with an emphasis on media, technology and telecom businesses.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in the USA.

Andrew Parker

Andrew manages the Group’s government, industry, public policy, regulatory, environment and international affairs worldwide.

Andrew is a board member of the peak advocacy group for airlines in the region - Airlines for Australia New Zealand (A4ANZ) – and is also a member of the IATA Industry Affairs Committee and an Advisory Board Member of the Tourism & Transport Forum. Before Qantas, Andrew was Senior Vice President – Public, International, Industry, Environment Affairs at Emirates, based in Dubai.

Over six years he helped grow the airline’s network across six continents.

He was also a key architect in the Qantas Emirates alliance that launched in 2013.

Andrew was previously the founder and Managing Director of a large public affairs firm that was acquired by the Ogilvy Group in 2001.

He has also been a press secretary and senior political adviser to various Australian political leaders and Ministers and worked as a journalist in newspapers and television in Australia, the US and UK.

Alison Webster

Alison Webster was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Qantas International in November 2017.

She has more than 30 years of experience in the aviation industry, and has held a variety of senior leadership roles in the Qantas Group over the past decade.

Prior to her current role, Alison was the Executive Manager Freight and Catering, with Australian Airports added to her responsibilities in March 2017.

In this role she was responsible for three wholly owned specialty businesses, SnapFresh, an inflight catering and frozen food facility; JETS Transport Express, a national trucking business and Express Freighters Australia, a nine freighter airline. She also managed Qantas’ Australian airport portfolio consisting of more than 50 airport locations.

Alison joined Qantas in 2004, initially as Head of Qantas Cabin Crew, moving to the position of Executive Manager, Customer Experience in 2010.

In these customer focused roles, Alison delivered a range of transformational service improvements, major core operating system upgrades and introduced a customer advocacy program which has helped to ensure the customer remains at the heart of every decision.

She was responsible for the strategic planning, design and implementation of the end to end customer experience, inflight services, procurement and supply chain management as well as Qantas’ cabin crew, global customer care and baggage services teams.

Prior to joining Qantas in 2004, Alison held a range of senior positions at British Airways in both Australia and the UK, including sales, marketing and brand management.

Olivia Wirth

Olivia Wirth is the Qantas Chief Customer Officer, responsible for all aspects of the customer experience and strategy including digital, customer products including lounges and inflight as well as food and beverage.

In this role she is also responsible for the Qantas Group’s external and internal communications including managing the Qantas brand, marketing and sponsorship as well as PR and corporate affairs for the Qantas Group including Jetstar. She is a member of the Executive Committee.

Olivia joined Qantas in 2009 and has held several positions, including the role of Group Executive, Brand, Marketing & Corporate Affairs and Group Executive for Government Relations and Corporate Affairs.

Prior to Qantas Olivia had held senior executive roles for a number of organisations including lobby group, the Tourism & Transport Forum and the Australian Tourist Commission.

Olivia is also on the Board of UNICEF Australia.