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Jet Airways announces senior management change

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Staff writer | Mumbai, India | June 17, 2013
Jet AirwaysJune 17, 2013, Mumbai, India - Jet Airways (India) Limited, announced a change in the airline’s leadership, with the appointment of Gary Kenneth Toomey as its new chief executive officer.
Mr. Toomey, an accomplished airline executive with extensive experience at the highest levels of the international, domestic and regional aviation sectors, has previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Air New Zealand Group and as Chief Executive Officer of Airlines PNG in Papua New Guinea.

Prior to these roles, he was Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of Qantas Airways Limited and before that Chief Financial Officer of the domestic carrier Australian Airlines. Mr. Toomey served as a director of Qantas from 1993 to 2000, Fiji’s Air Pacific from 1998 to 2000 and ANZ Bank from 1998 to 2001, and was a member of the Chief Executives' Board of Star Alliance in 2001.

In 1996, while with Qantas, Mr. Toomey was named by Global Finance Magazine as one of the world’s Top 25 Chief Financial Officers. He also managed a private consulting business for 12 years from 2001, providing support to senior management of businesses in the aviation, hospitality, construction and resources industries throughout the Asia Pacific region.

The appointment follows the resignation of Nikos Kardassis who left the airline after serving two terms as Chief Executive Officer, initially between 1993 and 1999, and again from October 2009 till May 2013.

Capt. Hameed Ali will continue as the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Jet Airways, pending regulatory approval of Mr. Toomey’s appointment.