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How a job at Flight Centre can lead to becoming Virgin CEO

With a resume including Queensland Rail, Flight Centre and Tourism Queensland, Virgin Australia Group’s new CEO Paul Scurrah’s background has been dubbed highly relevant and impressive.



“Paul is a highly regarded business leader in Australia and his appointment is testament to his strong leadership credentials which include more than 20 years’ experience in transport, logistics, travel and aviation,” Virgin Australia Group Chairman Elizabeth Bryan said.


Most recently, Paul has held CEO roles at DP World Australia and Queensland Rail, as well as Executive General Management roles at Aurizon, Flight Centre and Tourism Queensland.


According to Bryan, the board was inundated with candidates for the role, but it was Scurrah’s  “highly relevant” transport and logistics expertise and strong commercial background that pushed him to the top.


“Paul’s significant leadership in driving transformation and improving customer satisfaction in complex and challenging businesses is highly impressive, and his background in aviation provides the right foundation to steer the Virgin Australia Group into the future,” Bryan said.


Current CEO and Managing Director John Borghetti will hand the reins to Scurrah on 25 March 2019, at which point Scurrah will divide his time between the Virgin Australia Group operational headquarters located in Brisbane and the Group’s corporate headquarters in Sydney. If only he had a way to commute between the two cities...oh wait...


Published: 6 February 2019

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