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oneworld appoints Qantas’ Alan Joyce as governing board chairman

Joyce will chair board meetings, oversee alliance governance and work with oneworld CEO and the central alliance team


September 19, 2018
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The Governing Board of the oneworld global airline alliance has nominated Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce to serve as

Alan Joyce

its chairman for the next two years.

He succeeds Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo, who is transitioning from the airline to join Finland’s Metso Corporation as its new CEO. Pekka Vauramo assumed oneworld’s chairmanship in June 2017.

As oneworld Governing Board Chairman, Joyce will chair board meetings, oversee alliance governance and work closely with oneworld CEO Rob Gurney and the central alliance team.

Prior to Pekka Vauramo, the position has been filled by CEOs from American Airlines (Gerard Arpey and Tom Horton), British Airways/IAG (Willie Walsh) and Cathay Pacific (Ivan Chu).

The oneworld Governing Board comprises the CEOs of all the alliance’s member airlines—American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and SriLankan Airlines, alongside Qantas.

Joyce has been Qantas Group CEO since 2008. He has overseen one of the biggest transformations in the carrier’s 98-year history, helping it to deliver record profit together with high levels of customer satisfaction and employee engagement. The transformation included the turnaround and renewed growth of Qantas International, the expansion of Qantas and its low-cost carrier Jetstar throughout Asia, the renewal of the group’s fleet, lounges, technology and training, and the diversification of the Qantas Loyalty business with new ventures.

He previously served as founding CEO of Jetstar, establishing its operations in Australia and Asia, after spending more than 15 years in key positions at Qantas, Ansett and Aer Lingus.