Executive biographies

Jetstar Group Chief Executive Officer, Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans - Jetstar Group CEO

Gareth Evans was appointed CEO Jetstar Group in November 2017. Prior to this, Mr Evans was CEO Qantas International & Freight where he led the successful turnaround of Qantas’ international operations and the arrival of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner’s into the Qantas fleet. He started this role in March 2015.

Mr Evans was the Chief Financial Officer of the Qantas Group from March 2010 to February 2015. As Chief Financial Officer his portfolio included Finance, Strategy, Treasury, IT, Procurement (including Fleet), Investor Relations, Mergers & Acquisitions and the Group’s Business Transformation Program.

Prior to March 2010, Mr Evans’ roles with Qantas covered many areas including a number of senior financial roles within the Group, commercial and business analytics and the implementation of major business change initiatives; scheduling of the international and domestic network, ticket pricing, revenue management and airline operations on the day; as well as readiness activities for the arrival of the Airbus A380.

Prior to joining the Qantas Group in 1999, Mr Evans held a number of corporate finance roles with Caltex Australia and KPMG in Australia and the UK. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Jetstar Australia & New Zealand Chief Executive Officer, Dean Salter

Dean was appointed CEO Jetstar Australia and New Zealand in July 2016.

Before entering the aviation industry Dean spent more than 20 years in leadership positions at BP, one of the world’s leading integrated oil and gas companies. He has extensive expertise in managing operations and safety; supply and logistics; strategy; sales and retail; and customer service.

Dean has completed business studies at Monash University in Melbourne and Cambridge University in the UK along with an Advanced Operations Program at MIT, Boston.

Dean has also held positions on a number of boards including BP Australia Pty Ltd and the Australasian Association of Convenience Stores.

 

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

Prior to being appointed CEO of 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 its parent company Marquard & Bahls. 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 member of CPA Australia.

Barathan is a member of the Academic and Examination Advisory Council at SHATEC Institutes and a member of the protem committee on Standards in Service at SPRING Singapore.

Barathan is an active Assisi Hospice Volunteer and has served as Treasurer in the Children’s Cancer Foundation and The Nature Society of Singapore and a Commissioned Officer of the Singapore Armed Forces.

 

Jetstar Pacific Chief Executive Officer, Nguyen Quoc Phuong

Mr Nguyen Phuong Quoc was appointed CEO of Jetstar Pacific Airlines in December 2016.

Mr Nguyen Phuong Quoc started his aviation career in 2004 as Passenger Marketing Manager of United Airlines in Vietnam.

In 2005 he joined Vietnam Airlines as Passenger Sales and Marketing Manager at the Southern Region Branch. Later he managed Vietnam Airline’s foreign branches as Branch Manager Osaka; General Manager Germany; and Director France and Europe Regional Office.

Mr Phuong holds a Finance and Accounting degree and a Master of Business Administration from Greenwich University, UK.

 

Jetstar Japan Chief Executive Officer and Representative Director, Masaru Kataoka

Masaru Kataoka

Masaru Kataoka was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Representative Director of Jetstar Japan in September 2017. Prior to this Masary had been Jetstar Japan’s Chairman and Representative Director since April 2015.

Masaru joined Jetstar Airways in August 2006 where he worked as Jetstar Group’s Regional General Manager for Japan. In that role, he oversaw the overall sales strategy of Jetstar Airways, Jetstar Asia, and Jetstar Japan – including pricing, revenue management, marketing, and public relations.

In March 2007 Masaru launched Jetstar Airways’ first Osaka-Brisbane-Sydney service, Japan’s first international route by a low-cost carrier. In April 2010, he became the representative of Jetstar Asia, where he focused on expanding the network between Japan and countries in the Asia Pacific region.

Masaru has more than 27 years of experience in the aviation industry, having worked for Air New Zealand as District Sales Manager Western Japan before joining Jetstar Airways.

Born in Kyoto in June 1963, Masaru graduated from National University of Shinshu in 1986 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.