Qantas Secures Ex-Air NZ Executive

February 27, 2023
Cam Wallace: Credit

Qantas Group has secured ex-Air NZ executive Cam Wallace to head up Qantas International in a significant reshuffle of roles.

In the shakeup, Andrew David, who is CEO of Qantas Domestic and International, will retire from the Group in September 2023 and the role of CEO of Qantas Domestic and International (which was combined during COVID), will return to being two separate portfolios from 1 July 2023.

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The airline says this will provide the management bandwidth required as each business brings in new aircraft and expands its network.

Cameron (Cam) Wallace, who has more than two decades of aviation experience in the Asia Pacific region with Air New Zealand, and will join the Group as CEO of Qantas International and Freight from 1 July 2023.

His role will be to grow Qantas International’s capacity to 100 per cent of pre-COVID levels and beyond, as well as guiding preparations for Project Sunrise through to the first flight in late 2025.

Andrew David will remain as CEO of Domestic until his retirement from the Group in September 2023. A recruitment process to appoint this role will start soon.

In announcing the changes, Group CEO Alan Joyce said: “At the start of the pandemic, we rationalised the two CEO roles for Qantas Domestic and Qantas International down to one given what was happening to our business.

“With Andrew retiring and given the amount of investment now in the pipeline, it makes sense to again have separate CEOs for the International and Domestic businesses, which are both back to generating billions in revenue each year.

“Andrew has contributed a huge amount during his 10 years across both Qantas and Jetstar. His leadership of Qantas’ domestic, international and freight businesses has been pivotal, especially during the incredible challenge of putting the airline into hibernation and bringing it back again.

“The Group has always been able to attract top talent and Cam Wallace is one of the best airline executives in the region. He brings over two decades of airline experience including his long career at Air New Zealand, with responsibilities spanning sales, revenue management, market development, alliances and cargo.

“Cam is inheriting a very talented team and will add to the depth of experience on our Group Management Committee,” added Mr Joyce.

Mr Wallace said that “it’s an honour to be joining Qantas, especially at a time when it’s investing so heavily in aircraft and service. It’s the world leader in opening up direct international routes, and Project Sunrise is one of the most exciting things happening in aviation. I’m really looking forward to working with Alan and the team.”