Is Alan Joyce the right leader to turn Qantas around?

Alan Joyce's leadership of Qantas has received plenty of criticism in the past, but his articulation of a clear strategy suggests he may be a good bet for the airline.

Since becoming chief executive in November 2008, Alan Joyce has led Qantas through one crisis after another: the global shut-down of operations in the 2011 industrial dispute; a major downgrade of Qantas' credit rating; the decision to abandon its Singapore hub in favour of Dubai; thousands of job losses; and now the mother of all operating losses.

He has faced ongoing and persistent criticism from unions, industry experts, shareholders and loyal customers. Since taking on the top job, Joyce has overseen net after-tax losses of more than $2.5 billion.


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