Peter Gregg, who a few weeks ago lost to Alan Joyce in getting the coveted CEO position at Qantas, is now set to leave the carrier at the end of the year.

Qantas says in a statement today that Peter Gregg will be leaving on 31 December.

It says on 30 September Gregg will hand over his seat on the airline board and his job, as Qantas chief financial officer, to the current deputy chief financial officer Colin Storrie.

Gregg's last few months at the airline will be spent helping with the transition to a new CEO, it adds.

The Oneworld carrier says in its statement that Gregg has been the airline's chief financial officer since September 2000 and has been "integral to the airline's success in the past decade".

The statement fails to mention why Gregg is leaving or where he will be going. Qantas' spokesman in Sydney was not immediately available for comment.

Gregg was one of two people short-listed to be Qantas' new CEO but on 28 July the airline announced Alan Joyce had secured the top job and would immediately assume the title of CEO-designate.

The current Qantas CEO, Geoff Dixon, is retiring in November. Joyce, prior to his promotion, was CEO of Qantas' low-cost carrier Jetstar.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news