Alan Joyce (executive)

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Alan Joyce
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Born Alan Joseph Joyce
30 June 1966 (1966-06-30) (age 50)[1]
Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland
Residence The Rocks, New South Wales
Nationality Irish-Australian[2]
Occupation Businessman
Organization Qantas Airways

Alan Joseph Joyce, FRAeS (born 30 June 1966) is an Irish-born Australian[2] businessman. He is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian airline Qantas Airways Limited.

Early life and education[edit]

Joyce was born and raised in Tallaght, now a suburb of Dublin, but a separate village at the time of his birth. His mother was a cleaner and his father worked in a tobacco factory. Joyce and his three siblings attended university.

Joyce attended Dublin Institute of Technology and Trinity College, Dublin. He graduated with Honours, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Science (Physics and Mathematics) and a Master of Science degree in Management Science. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.[3]


Joyce worked at Aer Lingus, the flag carrier of Ireland for eight years, where he held a wide spectrum of positions in sales, marketing, information technology, network planning, operations research, revenue management and fleet planning.[3] In 1996, he left Aer Lingus to join the now-defunct Ansett Australia.[4]

Then in 2000 he joined Qantas.[5] At both Ansett Australia and Qantas, Joyce headed the Network Planning, Schedules Planning and Network Strategy functions.[3] Joyce was appointed CEO of Qantas subsidiary Jetstar Airways in October 2003.[3][6]

Joyce became CEO of Qantas on 28 November 2008. He is a former Director of Orangestar Investment Holdings Pte Limited (holding company of Singapore-based Jetstar Asia Airways and Valuair) and Jetstar Pacific Airlines Aviation Joint Stock Company (in Vietnam).[3][6] On 29 October 2011, as a result of continuing industrial unrest following the announcement of job losses and structural changes at Qantas, Joyce grounded the entire Qantas mainline fleet.[7]

The Australian named Joyce the most influential business leader in 2011.[8] Yet a poll following his controversial 2011 grounding of the Qantas fleet showed the action has increased negative public perception of the airline.[9] In 2011, Joyce's remuneration was increased 71 per cent from $2.92 million in 2009-10 to $5.01 million and he was granted 1.7 million Qantas shares under a long-term incentive plan.[10] His reported comments that his salary was "conservative" were criticised by the Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA).[11]

Joyce is an Ambassador of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.

Personal life[edit]

Joyce is openly gay and lives in the inner-Sydney suburb of The Rocks with his partner, a New Zealand man with whom Joyce has been in a relationship since 1999.[2] In 2011, Joyce was successfully treated for prostate cancer.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Researcha[dead link]
  2. ^ a b c Snow, Deborah (8 October 2011). "Staying the course". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "IATA Official web site". 2012-12-04. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  4. ^ O'Sullivan, Matt. "Joyce ready for great leap at Qantas", Sydney Morning Herald online retrieved 27 November 2009.
  5. ^ "Alan Joyce to become Qantas CEO", retrieved 27 November 2009.
  6. ^ a b "BusinessWeek web site". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  7. ^ Staff writers (29 October 2011) "Shock as Qantas chief Alan Joyce grounds airline's domestic and international fleet". The Daily Telegraph (Australia). Retrieved 29 October 2011
  8. ^ "Blow for Qantas as talks with Malaysian Airlines end". Reuters. 9 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Steve Creedy. Poll undermines Qantas CEO's claim that grounding was 'positive. 'The Australian 28 February 2012
  10. ^ Kim Christian. Joyce's pay soars as costs mount SMH 29 October 2011
  11. ^ Zoe Neuman. Alan Joyce's $5m pay shot down by Qantas pilots. The Sunday Telegraph 1 April 2012
  12. ^ Easdown, Geoff (10 May 2011). "Qantas chief Alan Joyce back after life-saving surgery". Retrieved 16 May 2011. 

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Business positions
New airline CEO of Jetstar Airways
Succeeded by
Bruce Buchanan
Preceded by
Geoff Dixon
CEO of Qantas