Merren McArthur will lead budget airline Tigerair from May, after being appointed to the role by parent company Virgin Australia.
And she wants to see more women in similar top jobs, telling the AFR that: “The more women we get into CEO roles, the more things will change.”
McArthur’s already had a ten year career with Virgin, joining in 2008 as general counsel, before later being appointed to lead Virgin Australia Regional Airlines and Virgin Australia Cargo.
She’s also a former Rio Tinto executive and deputy state solicitor of Western Australia.
She recently told The Australian: “If you come from a male-dominated industry and you start to see some women coming into the industry you straight away would be able to see the benefits that brings in terms of new ideas, new thinking,”
Tigerair earnings have taken a hit recently, after the airline was suddenly forced to exit its international destination of Bali, following a regulatory dispute in Indonesia. McArthur said “innovation will be key” for aiming to further grow Tigerair.
Virgin CEO John Borghetti said McArthur had been instrumental in transforming Virgin’s cargo and charter flight business and that, “she will make an invaluable contribution in this new role”.
McArthur will replace acting CEO Peter Wilson and previous CEO Rob Sharp.