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Qantas to reinstate pre-pandemic management structure as Domestic CEO Andrew David retires

The management committee shake-up comes as Qantas Domestic CEO Andrew David confirms his retirement.

Retiring Qantas Domestic CEO, Andrew David.

Qantas Domestic CEO Andrew David will retire from the airline in September 2023 after a 30-year career in aviation, with his decision prompting Qantas to reintroduce its pre-pandemic management structure.

This means Qantas Domestic and Qantas International will again operate as two separate business units, with separate Chief Executive Officers, effective from the start of the 2023/24 financial year. Qantas Freight will fall under the International portfolio.

The airline says the move will provide the necessary management bandwidth as both business units welcome new aircraft and expand its respective networks in the coming years.

Cam Wallace will assume the role of Qantas International CEO from 1 July 2023.

In turn, Qantas has hired Cameron Wallace to join the group as CEO of Qantas International and Freight, effective from 1 July, allowing for a handover period prior to Andrew David’s departure.

The travel industry may remember Wallace from a near 15-year stint across various roles at Air New Zealand, among which he served as General Manager Australia from June 2010 to March 2013, before being promoted to Chief Revenue Officer.

Wallace’s appointment marks a return to the aviation industry after a pandemic-induced stint in New Zealand’s radio industry, from which he announced his resignation this week.

An executive recruitment drive will soon begin for the new Domestic CEO.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce extended his sincere gratitude to Andrew David for his contributions to the company.

“[Andrew David’s] contribution spans turning a newly launched Jetstar Japan into an extremely reliable airline, through to bringing Qantas Domestic back to its best,” Joyce said.

“The operational, commercial and strategic perspective he’s brought to various situations has been invaluable.

“With Andrew retiring and given the amount of investment now in the pipeline, it makes sense to again have separate CEOs for the International and Domestic businesses, which are both back to generating billions in revenue each year.”

Project Sunrise will be helmed by 12 Airbus A350 aircraft arriving from late 2025.

Incoming Qantas International CEO, Cam Wallace, said he was looking forward to working with Alan and the Qantas team.

“It’s an honour to be joining Qantas, especially at a time when it’s investing so heavily in aircraft and service,” Wallace said.

“It’s the world leader in opening up direct international routes, and Project Sunrise is one of the most exciting things happening in aviation.”

Qantas is in the midst of a period where it will take delivery of, on average, one new aircraft every three weeks for the next three years, with 169 new planes in total on the way.

The Flying Kangaroo will take the keys to three new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners this year, but this is where things really ramp up.

From next year, 29 new Airbus A220 and 29 Airbus A321-XLRs will join the fleet as part of a major renewal of the domestic fleet. Then in 2025, Project Sunrise will become a reality as 12 Airbus A350s begin to arrive, opening up direct flights of up to 20 hours between Sydney and Melbourne to London, New York, Paris and other new destinations still to be revealed.


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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 27 February 2023

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