Qantas makes CIO redundant

Qantas makes CIO redundant

Summary: Qantas has made its chief information officer Jamila Gordon redundant, with responsibility for its technology operations to fall to an executive brought in by new CEO Alan Joyce.

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Qantas has made its chief information officer Jamila Gordon redundant, with responsibility for its technology operations to fall to an executive brought in by new CEO Alan Joyce.

"As a result of management changes, the chief information officer will be leaving Qantas," a spokesperson for Australia's largest airline confirmed this morning, referring to an extensive restructure announced last week by Joyce, who took up the CEO role in mid-2008 after leading Qantas subsidiary Jetstar.

Qantas executive manager of corporate services and technology David Hall, who had come across from Jetstar with Joyce, would now be responsible for the airline's IT division, they added.

Gordon only joined Qantas in September 2007, after roles at GIO, Deloitte, Touche and IBM, where she had overseen the IT transformation and service delivery across 11 countries for a major European bank.

However, Gordon's role, which saw her reporting to then-chief financial officer Peter Gregg, was seen as less senior in the airline than that of her predecessor, Fiona Balfour, who had reported to the CEO during her tenure.

Throughout Gordon's time at the airline, in general it was the CFO who outlined most of the group's technology strategy and recent moves to the press, especially in relation to major initiatives such as outsourcing moves and Qantas' large eQ business systems revamp. Gregg himself resigned after Joyce was appointed.

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  • Good for the goose.

    Can any intelligent person explain to me how, considering the racial vilification that Sol Trujillo has received as CEO of Telstra, there is no mention or name calling for Mr Joyce.

    He is a foreigner from Ireland and has found it necessary to sack Australians yet no referring to him as a Mexican or from the bogs of Ireland. Strange hey!
    anonymous
  • Nexus

    Perhaps because Mr Joyce is quietly going about his business transforming Qantas without his ego getting in the way. These people are not being sacked - they are being retrenched and many will have significant packages related to long service.
    anonymous
  • Give it a rest

    Jeez Sydney, are there are enough stories about Telstra on this site as it is, do you have to hijack the discussion of a Qantas article as well?!
    anonymous
  • Last one.

    Sorry Tony, but it does make you wonder.
    anonymous
  • Nexus

    With respect, I did ask for an intelligent reply.
    anonymous
  • Racist

    Maybe it is because he is NOT from the 'bogs of Ireland'.

    When ever Qantas want to chop heads, out source and make changes they bring in a woman, think Fiona Balfour.
    As soon as Jamilla started, a few heads rolled, it was her first task along with a dramatic restructure to realign IT back into the business, to make it more easier to cull people. All the IT jobs have gone to India, this started years ago.
    Jamilla must have seen the writing on the wall, especially when her CIO role was down graded by having to report to the sad CFO.
    anonymous