John Mullen, Former Executive of Telstra and DHL, Appointed as the New Chairman of Qantas

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John Mullen, the former chairman of Telstra and chief executive of DHL, has been appointed as the new chairman of Qantas, succeeding Richard Goyder. Goyder’s decision to step down came after significant criticism of Qantas’ performance. Mullen will join the board in July and assume the role of chairman before the AGM in October. With extensive experience, Mullen served as Telstra’s chairman from 2016 to 2023 and held various positions at DHL, including Asia-Pacific chief executive and global CEO.

Currently serving as the chairman of Treasury Wine Estates and supply chain firm Brambles, John Mullen was also announced as the chair of the new consultancy Scyne in November. In response to criticisms regarding Richard Goyder’s commitments as the chair of Woodside and the AFL, Qantas stated that Mullen will gradually reduce some of his other commitments over time.

Expressing his excitement about assuming the chairmanship of the national carrier, Mullen stated, “It is a company that I have admired all my life, and I am greatly looking forward to helping Vanessa Hudson and the management team take the company to new heights of service and performance excellence.” Aware of the time commitment required for this prestigious role, Mullen assured that he would adjust his other professional obligations to fully focus on this exciting challenge.

“With Qantas consistently ranked among the world’s best airlines, and with the pandemic receding, I am confident that Qantas will continue to thrive,” remarked Mullen. “I am privileged to be a part of this journey.”

In addition to Mullen’s appointment, Qantas announced the appointment of Nora Scheinkestel, current director of Origin Energy, Westpac, and Brambles, as a new board member effective from March. This follows the resignations of Maxine Brenner and Jacqueline Hey, who will leave the board after the airline releases its half-year results tomorrow. Both Mullen and Scheinkestel’s appointments will be subject to shareholder approval at Qantas’ next AGM.

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