Executive biographies

Jetstar Group Chief Executive Officer, Jayne Hrdlicka

Jayne Hrdlicka

Jayne Hrdlicka was appointed Jetstar Group CEO in July 2012.

Jayne joined the Qantas Group in August 2010 as Group Executive Strategy and Information Technology. In this position she was responsible for the overall development of Group strategy, including Qantas Airlines, Jetstar and Qantas Frequent Flyer Program.

Jayne is a former senior partner with Bain & Company in the firm’s Customer Strategy and Marketing Practice and led Bain’s Customer Practice for the Asia region. She was also an inaugural member of Bain’s Global Women’s Leadership Council.

Jayne has written several articles on the challenges women face in business, including: “Level the playing field: A call for action on gender parity in Australia”.

Early in her career, Jayne left consulting and spent six years as an executive and was subsequently a CEO of two publishing and marketing related businesses. She later returned to Bain as a senior leader in the Australian practice.

Jayne holds an MBA from Dartmouth College, New Hampshire USA and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Economics from the Colorado College, Colorado USA.

In addition to her role at Jetstar, Jayne is also a Non-Executive Board Director of Woolworths Limited, Australia’s largest retailer, and a member of Chief Executive Women.

Jetstar Australia & NZ Chief Executive Officer, David Hall

David Hall

David was appointed CEO Jetstar Australia and New Zealand in August 2010.

Previously, in addition to the technology portfolio, David was head of Group Strategy responsible for Qantas' overall strategic direction; the Group's transformation program (QFuture) and had responsibility for the coordination of activities between the Office of the CEO, group executives and business portfolios.

David has been with Qantas Group since 2005 after initially joining as Jetstar Airways' Chief Financial Officer.

Before joining the aviation industry, David enjoyed an extensive finance career in public practice, banking and mining.

David has held senior finance positions in Rio Tinto (Melbourne and London), National Australia Bank, ANZ Banking Group Limited and WMC Resources Limited.

Jetstar Asia Chief Executive Officer, Barathan Pasupathi

Barathan Pasupathi

Barathan (Bara) Pasupathi began as Jetstar Asia’s Chief Executive Officer in July 2012.

Barathan has over 20 years of experience in aviation and energy sectors and was a founding executive of Jetstar Asia, serving as its Chief Financial officer from 2004 to 2007. Some of Barathan’s accomplishments include helping to establish Jetstar Asia through fleet procurement, fuel hedging, and its merger with Valuair.

Prior to being appointed CEO Jetstar Asia Barathan was the Managing Director of Mabanaft Singapore Pte Ltd, a leading independent German oil trading group based in Singapore and currently serves as Senior Advisor to Marquard & Bahls New Business Ventures. He also expanded his aviation and finance experience as CFO for Middle East-based Jazeera Airways and Sahaab Aircraft leasing.

Barathan is a graduate from Murdoch University with a Bachelor of Commerce. In 2013 he was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus award by Murdoch University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Jetstar Pacific Chief Executive Officer, Le Hong Ha

Le Hong Ha

Mr Le Hong Ha was appointed Jetstar Pacific CEO in March 2012.

A Vietnam national, Mr Le Hong Ha has over 20 years’ experience in the aviation industry.

Starting his aviation career in 1993, Mr Le Hong Ha joined Vietnam Airlines as an executive in the Passenger Marketing Department. Later he became the Manager of Development Sales and Tourism Department before he was appointed the Director of Middle Regional Office, where he oversaw the airline’s operations in the Asia Pacific region.

In 2008 he was appointed Chairman of ABACUS, Asia Pacific’s leading provider of travel solutions and services. In 2012, Mr Le Hong Ha became a youngest Deputy General Director of Vietnam Airlines.

Mr Le Hong Ha holds double Bachelors in Law and Tourist Management, as well as a Master of Business from the University of South Columbia. He obtained a High Grade of Politics Certificate in 2009.

Jetstar Japan Chief Executive Officer, Gerry Turner 


Gerry Turner has more than 30 years’ experience in the aviation industry gained from varied technical, commercial and operational roles within airlines and industry bodies around the globe. Gerry was appointed to the role of Jetstar Japan CEO in April 2015. His most recent role was Executive Manager, Jetstar Group Operations, the most senior operational role in Jetstar Group. In this role he supported all the Jetstar-branded airlines across the Asia-Pacific including Australia, Japan, Singapore and Vietnam.

Gerry has worked for low-cost carriers across the Asia-Pacific and Europe, including his native Ireland where he spent 12 years with Ryanair. This experience has equipped him with a wealth of low cost aviation intelligence delivering strong results in challenging markets.

After moving to Australia with his family, Gerry played a pivotal role on the project team in launching Jetstar in 2004, and has carried the airline’s development on the Executive Management team since its inception, working in leadership roles across all areas of Jetstar’s operational, strategic and business functions. Eleven years later, Jetstar has grown to be the largest low fares group of carriers in the Asia Pacific, carrying more than 100 million passengers.

Having started his career as a Licensed Aircraft Engineer, Gerry brings a deep and technical understanding of the qualifications of aircraft and engine types, which has been key to his success in progressing to senior management roles in engineering and beyond. Other senior roles he has held include Jetstar Australia’s Chief Operating Officer, Executive Manager Transformation at Qantas and he was also responsible for bringing Jetstar’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet into service.

Jetstar Hong Kong Chief Executive Officer, Edward Lau

Edward Lau

Edward Lau is the Chief Executive Officer of Jetstar Hong Kong*. In this capacity, Edward leads the local management team to shape the future direction of the airline and grow the airline to a fleet of 18 in its first few years of operation. He reports directly to the Jetstar Hong Kong Board.

As a veteran in management with over three decades of experience, he brings to Jetstar Hong Kong extensive experience from transport, logistics, freight and aviation sectors.

Prior to joining Jetstar Hong Kong, Edward spent ten years at TNT Express where he held a number of senior positions, most recently Managing Director Hong Kong, where he was responsible for managing TNT Express’ Hong Kong business and its North Asia hub and expanding its cross border operations. He also held the executive positions of Regional Director, Global Account Management, Asia Pacific and Managing Director, Singapore for TNT Express.

Mr. Lau has also held senior roles with the Hay Group, Rosenbluth International and was part of the team that established Federal Express in Hong Kong.

Edward was born in Hong Kong. He holds a Diploma in Business Communications from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Postgraduate Award in Management and Business Studies from University of Warwick, UK.

* Subject to regulatory approval

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