Jet Airways (India) Limited, today announced the appointment of Mr. Gary Kenneth Toomey as its new Chief Executive Officer. The appointment follows the resignation of Mr. Nikos Kardassis who left the airline after serving two terms as Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Toomey, 58, an Australian national, 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 during their periods of major expansion. 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. Mr. Toomey’s tenure at Air New Zealand group, was extremely stormy, and he left the group under tenuous circumstances, even receiving death threats from employees of Ansett Australia.
Mr. Toomey’s appointment is subject to necessary regulatory approvals including security clearance as may be required. Capt. Hameed Ali will continue as the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Jet Airways, pending regulatory approval of Mr. Toomey’s appointment.