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Qantas promotes tech head to lead Jetstar

Qantas executives will once again play musical chairs in a familiar game that sees the airline's head of technology promoted into the top job within the airline's low-cost subsidiary, Jetstar.
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Written by Luke Hopewell, Journalist on

Qantas executives will once again play musical chairs in a familiar game that sees the airline's head of technology promoted into the top job within the airline's low-cost subsidiary, Jetstar.

Jayne Hrdlicka is currently the group executive for Strategy and Technology for Qantas. As of 1 July, she will become CEO of Jetstar.

The strategy and technology function is now set to fall under the eye of chief financial officer Gareth Evans.

The move to promote Qantas' head of IT into Jetstar is not an unfamiliar one. The airline's self-described "quasi chief information officer", David Hall, was moved from his position within Qantas into the top job at Jetstar Australia and New Zealand in 2010.

Hall will now report to Hrdlicka, as she replaces Bruce Buchanan, the current CEO of the Jetstar Group. Underneath Hrdlicka will be the CEOs of Jetstar Pacific, Jetstar Australia New Zealand, Jetstar Japan and Jetstar Asia Pacific.

The reshuffle was triggered by CEO Alan Joyce today to push forward the airline's five-year restructure strategy.

As of 1 July, the airline will be split into two separate businesses: Qantas International and Qantas Domestic. The two will report financial results separately as part of the new structure.

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