AviationFirst female CEO of Aussie flag carrier lauded as an ‘outstanding leader’.

What we know about the new Qantas chief

Vanessa Hudson: From audit supervisor to chief executive of Qantas.
Vanessa Hudson: From audit supervisor to chief executive of Qantas.

Vanessa Hudson will become the first female chief executive of Qantas when she takes the reins from Alan Joyce in November.

Educated at the University of Technology in Sydney, Hudson has risen through the ranks after joining Qantas in 1994 as an internal audit supervisor.

She held various jobs, including chief customer officer, before being appointed group financial officer in 2019.

For the past five years Hudson has had a direct hand in shaping Qantas strategy as a member of the group management committee. She also led the fleet selection process in 2022 for the renewal of Qantas’s domestic jet aircraft fleet.

Joyce praised his successor, saying, “There are not many female CEOs in the worldwide aviation industry and it’s a credit to this country that a gay Irish man was appointed 15 years ago to be CEO of the company and now we have the first female and it’s a credit to the board.”

Qantas chairman Richard Goyder said in a statement, “Vanessa has a deep understanding of this business after almost three decades in a range of roles both onshore and offshore, across commercial, customer and finance. She has a huge amount of airline experience and she’s an outstanding leader.”

Hudson’s rival in Australia will be Virgin Australia chief executive, Jayne Hrdlicka, who held leadership roles at Qantas Group for nearly a decade, including CEO of Jetstar Group.

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