Aviation

Introducing Tigerair’s new female CEO

It’s only Wednesday and already the world of Australian aviation has witnessed some major shaking up.

And no, we’re not talking about the 5pm margaritas we shook up yesterday and spilled all over the kitchen floor.

Whoops.

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No, it’s far more important than that.

Tigerair has named a new CEO.

The Virgin Australia Group announced the appointment of Merren McArthur as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tigerair Australia, the Group’s wholly owned subsidiary and low-cost carrier.

Since joining the Group in 2008, McArthur has held a number of key executive positions within the business.

Most recently she held the dual role of Group Executive of Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (VARA) and Virgin Australia Cargo. She will commence in the role of CEO of Tigerair Australia on 7 May 2018.

Mark Davey, currently VARA Head of Flight Operations, has been appointed to the role of VARA Executive General Manager.

Mark has 30 years’ experience in the airline industry, having held executive level positions across the areas of network, operations and commercial strategy.

Group Executive of Virgin Australia Airlines, Rob Sharp, will assume responsibility for Virgin Australia Cargo.

Virgin Australia Group CEO and Managing Director John Borghetti said: “Merren has a wealth of experience in leading teams in complex commercial environments, running a customer-focussed business and strengthening the operational capability of an airline.

“Merren has done an outstanding job in transforming and strengthening both the VARA and Cargo businesses and I am confident that she will make an invaluable contribution in this new role.”

“I am also very pleased to appoint Mark Davey to the role of Executive General Manager of VARA, who will be reporting directly to me.”

With his extensive experience in the aviation industry and in-depth understanding of the charter business model, Mark is well-suited for the role and I have no doubt that he will continue the positive momentum of that business,” Borghetti said.

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