Gurney to step down as oneworld chief

ONEWORLD has announced the upcoming departure of Chief Executive Officer Rob Gurney, who has led the global airline alliance for six years.

Gurney, whose career has included roles as Qantas Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates SVP Australasia and the Americas, and Helloworld Travel Limited CEO, has “elected to leave the alliance’s central management team”.

Since joining oneworld in 2016, Gurney grew the alliance with the addition of Royal Air Maroc, Alaska Airlines and future member Oman Air, and advocated oneworld’s sustainability efforts as member airlines committed to a 10% sustainable aviation fuel target across the alliance by 2030.

“We are grateful to Rob for his leadership in navigating oneworld through the challenges of the past six years,” oneworld Chairman and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said.

“Rob has played a critical role in establishing oneworld as the most preferred alliance by global travellers with a best-in-class travel experience.”

Gurney will step down effective 01 Jul, with American Airlines CEO Vasu Raja tasked with leading the search for his replacement. In the meantime, Gurney and the oneworld management team will report to Raja.

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