Qantas chairman Richard Goyder has buckled under increasing pressure and announced he will step down in late 2024 following a turbulent few weeks for the carrier and its board.
Goyder had previously stated he would not resign following the departure of former CEO Alan Joyce despite being at the centre of numerous criticisms from the public, unions and politicians over a range of issues from unfair dismissals through to alleged political interference over extra flights for Qatar Airways.
“Qantas has gone through an incredibly difficult period since our operation was grounded during the pandemic,” Goyder said.
“The recovery has not been easy, and mistakes were made. We again apologise for those times where we got it wrong.
“I have always sought to act in the best interests of Qantas.
“Measured and orderly succession at Board level will support the important work underway led by Vanessa and her new management team.
“The (Qantas) Group is in a very strong position to overcome its current challenges and deliver for all its stakeholders in the years ahead.”
The Qantas board refresh will also see non-executive director Michael L’Estrange step down at this year’s AGM, with a further two members to resign in February 2024.
Qantas CEO Vanessa Hudson is among three directors who will now vie for the chair role.