Leigh Clifford will become the new chairman of Qantas Airways when Margaret Jackson retires at the annual general meeting in November.

Clifford, a 59-year-old Australian, has spent his career in the mining industry, including 37 years with Rio Tinto. He was chief executive of Rio for seven years before he retired in April.

Currently based in London, Clifford becomes a Qantas director immediately and takes over as chairman when he returns to Australia in November. He is regarded in Australia as a seasoned and globally-experienced executive.

Under pressure from shareholders, Jackson announced she would step down after the failed takeover bid for Qantas.

Source: Airline Business