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Qantas CEO Alan Joyce to step down two months early – questions over shares remain

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Alan Joyce, the long-serving chief executive officer of Qantas Airways, has announced his early retirement, with the airline’s board fast-tracking the leadership transition by two months.

Originally slated to retire at the end of the year, Joyce’s departure will now take place on Wednesday.

The Qantas board made this decision public through an announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) on Tuesday morning.

The immediate successor to Joyce, Vanessa Hudson, will officially assume her new role as managing director and group CEO on Wednesday.

Joyce explained his decision to expedite his retirement, citing the recent scrutiny of the airline’s conduct and its imperative need for renewal.

In a statement released by Qantas, he expressed his belief that this move was in the best interest of the company. “In the last few weeks, the focus on Qantas and events of the past make it clear to me that the company needs to move ahead with its renewal as a priority,” he stated.

Joyce has had a remarkable 22-year tenure at Qantas, serving as its chief executive for the past 15 years. Through the ups and downs, he says he leaves the airline with a sense of pride, acknowledging that there is still much work to be done, especially in ensuring the continued satisfaction of Qantas’ loyal customer base.

“There have been many ups and downs, and there is clearly much work still to be done, especially to make sure we always deliver for our customers,” he said.

“But I leave knowing that the company is fundamentally strong and has a bright future.”

Richard Goyder, chairman of Qantas, commended Joyce’s unwavering commitment to the airline. Goyder stated that Joyce had consistently placed the best interests of Qantas at the forefront of his leadership.

Joyce’s decision to expedite his retirement and the seamless transition to Vanessa Hudson as the new CEO marks a pivotal moment in Qantas’ history.

The airline, like many others in the industry, has faced numerous challenges in recent years, including the global pandemic’s impact on travel.

As Vanessa Hudson assumes her new role, the focus will be on charting a course for Qantas in a rapidly evolving aviation landscape.

Share pressure

Qantas Chairman Richard Goyder faces mounting pressure to clarify CEO Alan Joyce’s substantial compensation package amid the airline’s tarnished reputation.

Questions also loom about the board’s rationale for granting Mr. Joyce permission to sell 2.5 million Qantas shares in June and their awareness of investigations into the sale of “ghost flight” tickets.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is pursuing a lawsuit against Qantas for alleged misleading and deceptive conduct regarding the sale of thousands of tickets for flights that were subsequently cancelled between May and July last year.

In June, Mr. Joyce sold his shares for $17 million, but since then, various factors, including the ACCC case, have driven down Qantas’ share price by 7%, now standing at $5.60. This means Mr. Joyce would have earned $3 million less if he had sold the shares today.

There are no allegations of wrongdoing against Mr. Joyce or any board member.

According to an insider, the severity of the ACCC allegations only became apparent in recent weeks.

Previously, Mr. Joyce had described the share sale as a “personal purchase.”

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NASA astronauts phone home, confident Boeing’s Starliner will return to Earth safely

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Stranded NASA astronauts express confidence in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, assuring its capability to safely transport them back to Earth from the International Space Station.

The astronauts, over a video call to NASA, highlighted Starliner’s enhanced safety features and testing protocols as reassuring factors for their safe return.

“I have a real good feeling in my heart that this spacecraft will bring us home, no problem…”, said Sunita “Suni” Williams, one of the stranded NASA astronauts.

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Franchising vs. Independent: key differences to choosing the right SMB model

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With latest Australian Federal budget, many SMB’s are weighing their options when selecting a suitable business model.

Franchising provides brand recognition, operational support, and economies of scale but involves ongoing fees.

Independent businesses offer full control and profit retention but face higher costs and regulatory challenges.

For risk and reward, the franchising model reduces risk through established practices and support but involves ongoing fees and profit-sharing with the franchisor.

On the alternative, independent businesses retain full control of profits but face higher risks and responsibilities in managing the business.

Sonia Shwabsky, CEO at Kwik Kopy Australia, joins to share her key insights on SMB’s. #featured

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Boeing face delivery delays following guilty criminal charge plea

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Boeing’s deliveries are down after months of controversy, is it because they can’t make the planes, or because airlines right now don’t want them?

Boeing has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States in connection with the investigation into two fatal crashes involving its 737 MAX aircraft.

Boeing reported a significant 27% decrease in deliveries for June compared to the same month last year, possibly attributing the decrease to the companies ongoing controversies.

Aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas joins to discuss. #featured

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