Qantas has appointed Tino La Spina, current chief financial officer, as the new chief executive officer of Qantas International, effective from October 1, 2019.
According to Qantas, La Spina replaces Alison Webster, who recently resigned.
Vanessa Hudson, who is currently the group’s chief customer officer, will take up the role of chief financial officer.
La Spina will be able to close out the current fiscal year through to annual reporting. From mid-May, Hudson will be CFO designate and will work closely with La Spina to ensure a smooth handover.
“These changes show the depth of talent in our group executive team, and a large part of that comes from our practice of giving people exposure in different areas across a diverse portfolio of businesses,” said Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas Group. “Vanessa started with Qantas 24 years ago in finance and audit, before moving to senior roles in inflight services, commercial planning, sales and distribution and regional head of Qantas in the US. It means she brings a deep understanding of our business as well as a strong background in finance to the role of CFO. Tino has been with Qantas for 13 years in a series of senior finance roles, which has given him a detailed understanding of what drives results in each part of the group.
Narendra Kumar will continue to be acting CEO of Qantas International while the CFO transition is completed.
A process to appoint a replacement chief customer officer will start shortly.
“There is a lot of positive momentum across the Qantas Group,” said Joyce. “We have a great executive team in place and I look forward to working with them over the years ahead as we deliver for our customers and shareholders.”