Paul Scurrah, CEO, Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia has announced Paul Scurrah will be the group’s next chief executive after an eight-month long search.

With more than 20 years of leadership experience under his belt, Scurrah is currently non-executive director of Gold Coast Football Club and has previously held board positions at Australia Post, Asian Terminals Inc, Australian Federation of Travel Agents, AOT Group, Australian Tourism Data Warehouse LTD and public transport group – Australian Railway Association.

Company chairman Elizabeth Bryan is confident Scurrah, who lives in Virgin Australia’s home city of Brisbane, can deliver the next phase of its strategy.

“The ideal candidate to consolidate the group’s achievements”

“The board received enormous interest in the role both locally and internationally and Paul’s highly relevant transport and logistics expertise, and strong commercial background, make him the ideal candidate to consolidate the group’s achievements and continue to build momentum in the future,” she said in a statement.

“Paul’s significant leadership in driving transformation and improving customer satisfaction in complex and challenging businesses is highly impressive and his background in aviation provides the right foundation to steer the Virgin Australia Group into the future.”

Scurrah will divide his time between Virgin Australia’s Brisbane operational headquarters and the group’s corporate headquarters in Sydney until he officially assumes his post.

Borghetti will be stepping down from his role on 25 March after eight years of being in charge of the carrier. Virgin suffered a loss of AUD 681 million in the last financial year but hopes to report a first-half profit next week.

“John has made a significant mark on the aviation industry”

Bryan praised Borghetti for his contribution to the company saying that he “pioneered a major transformation in the aviation industry to reposition the airline as a formidable competitor across all segments of the market.”

“John has made a significant mark on the aviation industry as a whole and Australian travellers have benefited because of his commitment and dedication to improving airline travel. The board and I are grateful for his leadership and transformation of the airline into the diversified group that it is today,” she added.

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