Qantas chairman Richard Goyder has announced his early retirement from the embattled airline as calls mount for a change in leadership.
Mr Goyer will step aside as chairman of Qantas before the airline’s annual general meeting in late-2023 as part of a wider refresh.
It comes after Mr Goyder told a Senate inquiry he would not step aside following the departure of former CEO Alan Joyce.
Mr Joyce was replaced by Qantas stalwart Vanessa Hudson in September as criticism mounted over the blocking of Qatar airlines flights.
Non-executive director Michael L’Estrange will also retire at this year’s AGM, with a further two members to step aside in February 2024.
Three new directors will also stand for election at this year, including Ms Hudson, Doug Parker, and Dr Heather Smith.
Mr Goyder said the Qantas board acknowledged the “significant reputational and customer service issues” facing Qantas.
“Qantas has gone through an incredibly difficult period since our operation was grounded during the pandemic,” he said.
“The recovery has not been easy, and mistakes were made. We again apologise for those times where we got it wrong.
“I have always sought to act in the best interests of Qantas.
“Measured and orderly succession at Board level will support the important work underway led by Vanessa and her new management team.
“The (Qantas) Group is in a very strong position to overcome its current challenges and deliver for all its stakeholders in the years ahead.”
In a statement, Qantas said that once the new directors are in place the board is expected to have an average tenure of about three years.
The airline said the change would provide a “balance of fresh leadership with necessary continuity”.
More to come.