Virgin Australia Group appoints Paul Scurrah as CEO and MD

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Virgin Australia Holdings Limited has appointed Paul Scurrah as chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director (MD) of the Virgin Australia Group.

Most recently, he has held CEO roles at DP World Australia and Queensland Rail, as well as executive general management roles at Aurizon, Flight Centre and Tourism Queensland.

Scurrah (pictured left) officially commences in his role on 25 March 2019 and will also join the VAH Board as an executive director on this date. He resides in Brisbane and will divide his time between the Virgin Australia Group operational headquarters located in Brisbane and the Group’s corporate headquarters in Sydney.

Current CEO and MD John Borghetti, will step down from this role on 25 March 2019.

Virgin Australia Group chairman, Elizabeth Bryan said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Scurrah as Virgin Australia Group CEO and Managing Director. Paul is a highly regarded business leader in Australia and his appointment is testament to his strong leadership credentials which include more than 20 years’ experience in transport, logistics, travel and aviation.”

“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 into the future,” said Bryan.

“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.

“Paul inherits a strong business and we are confident he is well placed to deliver the next phase of the Group’s strategy,” added Bryan.

Scurrah said: “Leading the Virgin Australia Group is an immense honour and privilege. The Group has positioned itself as a real competitor in the market with its ability to deliver across all segments and I am excited to be joining such a progressive and innovative business. I look forward to meeting the team and building on the Group’s success.”