One of the industry's most highly respected and successful chief executives, Geoff Dixon of Qantas, will not be bowing out as expected next year. The carrier has confirmed that the 66-year-old, whose contract was due to expire on
Qantas is clearly not ready to begin a succession process that had penciled either chief financial officer (CFO) Peter Gregg or executive general manager John Borghetti as potential candidates to take over from
Chairman Margaret Jackson said that continuity of leadership in the current aviation environment was important in the airline's decision. She described
Perhaps Qantas is ready to take a leaf out of the book of arch-rival Emirates, where 77 year-old Maurice Flanagan continues to lead the Middle Eastern carrier and is encouraged to do so. Age, for the Arab leaders of Emirates, is immaterial. It is the capacity and ability to do the job that is important.