Qantas appoints new board member

written by australianaviation.com.au | April 7, 2016
New Qantas board member Michael_L'Estrange. (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)
New Qantas board member Michael_L’Estrange. (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)

Qantas has appointed a former senior Australian public servant, diplomat and current university academic to the board.

Michael L’Estrange will take his seat on the board as a Qantas non-executive director immediately, the company said in a statement on Thursday.

The former Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian High Commissioner to the UK and Cabinet Secretary is currently a non-executive director at mining giant Rio Tinto and a professor at the National Security College at the Australian National University.

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Qantas chairman Leigh Clifford, who was Rio Tinto chief executive from 2000-2007, said L’Estrange’s would add to the depth of knowledge on the board.

“Michael has had a distinguished 35 year career as a Department Secretary, a High Commissioner and senior academic. He has been a trusted adviser on international relations and broad policy issues to successive governments,” Clifford said in a statement.

L’Estrange said it was an “absolute honour” to join the Qantas board.

“The turnaround of Qantas has been extremely impressive and I look forward to working with my Board colleagues and management to build on this success.”

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