Executive biographies

Jetstar Group Chief Executive Officer, Jayne Hrdlicka

Jayne Hrdlicka

Jayne Hrdlicka was appointed Jetstar Group Chief Executive Officer in July 2012.

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 director of Tennis Australia, a member of Chief Executive Women, and a member of the Scotch College Council in Melbourne.


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, 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. Jetstar has grown to be one of the largest low fares group of carriers in the Asia Pacific, carrying more than 200 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.

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Jetstar AU & NZ Media
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Jetstar Asia Media (Singapore)
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Jetstar Japan Media