Former Qantas Airways executive Robert Sharp has been appointed as the new chief executive of Tiger Airways Australia, effective 1 May.
Sharp was previously Qantas's head of global airport infrastructure and services, and was also part of the team behind the start of its budget carrier, Jetstar Airways, in 2004.
Sharp's appointment comes less than a week after Virgin Australia received clearance from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to take a 60% stake in Tiger Australia, which will be operated as a joint venture with Singapore-based Tiger Airways.
The two airlines announced the proposal in October last year. Under the agreement, Virgin has responsibility for nominating the chief executive of Tiger Australia, while Tiger will nominate the chairman of the carrier's board.
"We are delighted with the appointment of Rob as the new chief executive of Tiger Australia," says Virgin chief executive John Borghetti. "Rob's extensive executive management career in aviation and strong leadership skills will be of great value to the airline. I am confident that Rob will build a sustainable low-cost carrier and bring strong competition to the budget segment."
Tiger Australia's previous chief executive Andrew David resigned in December after rival carrier Jetstar recruited him to lead its long-haul division.
Since then, Tiger Australia has had an unnamed internal candidate as its interim chief executive while it awaited the outcome of the ACCC's decision on the joint venture arrangement.
Tiger Australia operates a fleet of 11 Airbus A320s.