Oneworld appoints Qantas chief as chairman

The Oneworld global airline alliance has named Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce as it governing board chairman for the next two years.

Joyce succeeds Pekka Vauramo, CEO of Finnair, who is leaving the airline to become the chief executive of Finalnd’s Metso Corporation. Vauramo was made chairman in June 2017.

As chairman, Joyce will head up Oneworld board meetings, oversee alliance governance and work closely with Oneworld CEO Rob Gurney and the central alliance team.

Oneworld’s chairman position has been filled by several airline CEOs in the past, including Gerard Arpey and Tom Horton from American Airlines, Willie Walsh from International Airlines Group (IAG) and Ivan Chu from Cathay Pacific.

The board comprises the chief executives of all Oneworld member airlines, including American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines and Qantas…

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