Rob Sharp to exit Virgin Australia as CEO shakes up executive team

Rob Sharp to exit Virgin Australia as CEO shakes up executive team

Virgin Australia has confirmed the departure of high-level exec Rob Sharp as part of some big changes to the group’s senior leadership team.

After a review of the company’s structure, new CEO Paul Scurrah announced internally a raft of changes to its executive team.

Among them is a newly created chief commercial officer and chief operations officer role within the Virgin Australia Airlines (VAA) business.

With this, Rob Sharp (pictured above) has made the decision to leave the company on Friday to pursue other opportunities. Sharp has been with Virgin for seven years, first as CEO of Tigerair and then as group executive of VAA.

Merren McArthur will act in the CCO role and Stuart Aggs will act in the COO role while a global recruitment process is conducted.

McArthur is currently the CEO of Tigerair, and Aggs is currently Virgin Austrlaia’s director of group flight operations.

Travel Weekly understands both interim appointments have been well-received internally, and that staff are pleased to see Scurrah moving quickly on important items.

Having been in the role now for six weeks, this isn’t the only major decision Scurrah has made.

Last month, Virgin Australia announced it would defer the delivery of its first round of Boeing MAX aircraft from 2019 to 2021 and convert 15 of its 737 MAX 8 aircraft to 737 MAX 10s.

Email the Travel Weekly team at traveldesk@travelweekly.com.au

    Latest comments
    1. I dont think there has ever been a more disappointed group of shareholders than those who invested in Virgin Australia. While Borghetti took home millions each year the share price slumped to almost nothing. Hopefully the new moves afoot will stat to reverse that trend. Fresh faces should include the board members who have so silently survived through one bad result after another.

Merren McArthur rob sharp Stuart Aggs virgin australia Virgin Australia Airlines

Latest News

  • First Nations

Knowledge is power for this aspiring First Nations student

A First Nations student who learnt local knowledge from his grandmother is now sharing it as a tour guide. William (Will) Palmer is a proud Arrernte man from Mparntwe Alice Springs. Palmer has always been passionate about learning and understanding his culture having grown up on his homelands 100km west from Alice Springs. Growing up […]

  • Food & Beverage
  • Hotels

Pier One Sydney Harbour is bringing back winter Glass Rooms with hot TikTok potter

Pier One Sydney Harbour is bringing back its Glass Rooms this time in collaboration with TikTok eye candy Pottery Boy, Guy Vadas. The Glass Rooms are a pop up on Pier One’s luxury Balcony Suites, set against views of Sydney Harbour. The domes are an extension of the suites and have been design with neutral, […]

  • News
  • Travel Agents

Flight Centre makes first swoop into AI with tech that can read customers’ emotions

Flight Centre is using AI to improve its customer experience and increase sales in young people – who are more likely to shop online. News highlights AI has already been used to identify a number of customer pain points such as customers not being able to manage bookings Flight Centre is introducing a feature on […]

  • Partner Content
  • Travel Agents

My journey: Before becoming a travel agent I was a Major in the Australian Army

Floreat World of Travel owner and Travellers Choice member Dianne Garbin explains how she moved from a celebrated career in the Australian Army to running her own travel agency. Garbin works at Floreat World of Travel in Perth and has been a Traveller Choice shareholder since 1993! Here is her journey. Travel Weekly: How did […]

Partner Content

by Travel Weekly

Travel Weekly
  • Destinations

Half price winter warmers at Sydney’s luxury lodges at  Calabash Bay and Crane

Wild Luxury has released its off-peak rates for winter, with stays at Calabash Bay Lodge and Crane Lodge discounted by almost half price for a limited time. Nightly rates at Wild Luxury’s Palm Beach eco retreat, Crane Lodge, are reduced to $1144 for a seven-night stay (48% off the $2200 nightly regular rack rate) or $1760 per […]

  • Conferences
  • Hotels

Iconic Sofitel Sydney Wentworth showcases conferencing and events ahead of spring opening

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth is showcasing its venue for conferencing and events that will feature as part of the iconic venue’s highly anticipated $60 million relaunch this in September. Among the offerings at the Phillip and Bligh Street precinct are contemporary meeting rooms, more than 15 event and conference spaces and the famous Wentworth Ballroom, where […]

  • Aviation

Board Air Canada in Sydney’s CBD via a sleek Light Rail

Visitors flocking to Vivid Sydney will glide through the CBD in the newest addition to the Air Canada fleet – a sleek Light Rail tram wrapped in the airline’s unique livery. The Air Canada-themed tram is part of a new marketing campaign designed to put Air Canada in lights during the Vivid Sydney festival (25 […]

  • Cruise
  • News

Carnival Splendor to the rescue of Aussies and Kiwis left stranded in Vanuatu

Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Splendor has come to the aid of a group left stranded in Vanuatu, following the collapse of Air Vanuatu. The group, eight Australians and one New Zealander, were visiting the island of Santo when Air Vanuatu cancelled all flights, leaving them without a way home. Carnival Cruise Line responded by offering […]