Alan Joyce

Joyce in 2014
Born30 June 1966 (1966-06-30) (age 54)[1]
Tallaght, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
EducationDublin Institute of Technology (BSc)
Trinity College, Dublin (MS)
Spouse(s)Shane Lloyd[3]

Alan Joseph Joyce, AC (born 30 June 1966) is an Irish-Australian businessperson. He is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Qantas Airways Limited.

Early life and education

Joyce was born and raised in Tallaght, now a suburb of Dublin, Ireland. His mother was a cleaner, and his father worked in a tobacco factory. Joyce attended secondary school at St Mark's Community School in Springfield, Tallaght.

Joyce attended Dublin Institute of Technology and Trinity College, Dublin. He graduated with Honours, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Science (Physics and Mathematics) and a Master of Science degree in Management Science. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.[4]


In 1988, Joyce commenced work at Aer Lingus, the flag carrier of Ireland. He held various positions in sales, marketing, information technology, network planning, operations research, revenue management and fleet planning.[4] In 1996, he resigned to join the now-defunct Ansett Australia.[5] In 2000, Joyce joined Qantas.[6] At both Ansett Australia and Qantas, he headed the Network Planning, Schedules Planning and Network Strategy functions.[4] Joyce was appointed CEO of Qantas subsidiary Jetstar Airways in October 2003.[4][7]

CEO of Qantas

Joyce became CEO of Qantas on 28 November 2008. He is a former Director of Orangestar Investment Holdings Pte Limited (holding company of Singapore-based Jetstar Asia Airways and Valuair) and Jetstar Pacific Airlines Aviation Joint Stock Company (in Vietnam).[4][7] On 29 October 2011, as a result of continuing industrial unrest following the announcement of job losses and structural changes at Qantas, Joyce grounded the entire Qantas mainline fleet.[8]

The Australian named Joyce the most influential business leader in 2011.[9] Yet a poll following his controversial 2011 grounding of the Qantas fleet showed the action has increased negative public perception of the airline.[10] In 2011, Joyce's remuneration was increased 71 per cent from $2.92 million in 2009–10 to $5.01 million and he was granted 1.7 million Qantas shares under a long-term incentive plan.[11] His reported comments that his salary was "conservative" were criticised by the Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA).[12]

In May 2019, Joyce committed to three more years as the chief executive of Qantas.[13] In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Joyce gave up his salary for the rest of the financial year.[14]

Pieing incident

On 9 May 2017, Joyce was delivering a speech to a business breakfast event in Perth, when a lemon meringue pie was pushed into his face by an unknown assailant,[15] later identified as Tony Overheu, a Western Australian farmer and Christian. Overheu, aged 67, gave a false name to police after the incident, but subsequently apologised for humiliating the CEO claiming that he pied the business figure due to his own personal belief that Joyce had overstepped the line in his gay marriage advocacy and the assailant's response simply reflected community push-back. Overheu was later charged with common assault, trespass, damage and giving false details to police.[16][17][18] Along with being banished from his church, he was also banned from flying Qantas (including Qantas' partner airlines).[19][20]

Overheu appeared before Perth Magistrates Court on 7 July 2017, pleaded guilty to charges of assault and trespass, damaging the lapel microphone Joyce was wearing, and giving a false name to police after the incident.[21] Overheu was fined $3,600, as well as ordered to pay $269 in compensation for the lapel microphone and $188 in costs.[21] Overheu's lawyer said his client had had "physical and personal difficulties" in recent years, including mental health issues.[21]

LGBTI advocacy

Joyce supports the LGBTI community and personally donated $1 million towards the campaign to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia,[22] which facilitated his own marriage in 2019. Joyce is the patron of the Pinnacle Foundation, an organisation which works with, "disadvantaged and marginalised LGBT Australians".[23] For his work, he has been recognised on a global list of LGBT executives.[24] As CEO, Joyce has pledged Qantas will "continue social-justice campaigning".[25][22][26]

Honours and awards

Personal life

Joyce identifies as being Catholic.[30] In 2015, he became a member of the Australian Republic Movement, which argues that Australia should replace the monarchy to become a republic with an Australian head of state.

Joyce is openly gay. In 2011, he was successfully treated for prostate cancer.[31] On 2 November 2019, he and long-term New Zealander partner, Shane Lloyd, married on the rooftop of The Museum of Contemporary Art in Circular Quay.[3][2] The couple live in the inner-Sydney suburb of The Rocks.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Researcha". Archived from the original on 11 April 2020. Retrieved 4 November 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Snow, Deborah (8 October 2011). "Staying the course". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Qantas boss Alan Joyce marries partner of 20 years". 2 November 2019. Archived from the original on 3 November 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e "IATA Official web site". 4 December 2012. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  5. ^ O'Sullivan, Matt. "Joyce ready for great leap at Qantas", Sydney Morning Herald online retrieved 27 November 2009.
  6. ^ Fenner, Robert (27 July 2008). "Qantas Says Joyce to Succeed Dixon as Chief Executive". Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  7. ^ a b "BusinessWeek web site". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  8. ^ Staff writers (29 October 2011) "Shock as Qantas chief Alan Joyce grounds airline's domestic and international fleet". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). Retrieved 29 October 2011
  9. ^ a b "Blow for Qantas as talks with Malaysian Airlines end". Reuters. 9 March 2012.
  10. ^ Creedy, Steve (28 February 2012). "Poll undermines Qantas CEO's claim that grounding was 'positive". The Australian.
  11. ^ Christian, Kim (29 October 2011). "Joyce's pay soars as costs mount SMH".
  12. ^ Neuman, Zoe (1 April 2012). "Alan Joyce's $5m pay shot down by Qantas pilots". The Sunday Telegraph.
  13. ^ "Dubliner Alan Joyce commits to Qantas for at least 3 more years". The Irish Times. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  14. ^ Bradley, Grant (9 March 2020). "Coronavirus: Qantas boss Alan Joyce gives up salary for rest of the financial year". NZ Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  15. ^ "Qantas chief Alan Joyce gets pie in face at Perth business breakfast", retrieved 9 May 2017.
  16. ^ "Joyce pieman a church-going National". The Australian. 10 May 2017. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  17. ^ "Man launched pie at Qantas chief Alan Joyce 'to oppose gay marriage'". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 10 May 2017. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  18. ^ "Qantas 'pie thrower' charged with assault, trespassing". WA Today. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  19. ^ Menagh, Joanne (7 July 2017). "Alan Joyce pie-thrower Tony Overheu fined, 'banished from church' after attack on Qantas boss". Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  20. ^ "Alan Joyce pie man Tony Overheu banned from Qantas for life". 16 May 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  21. ^ a b c Menagh, Joanna (7 July 2017). "Alan Joyce pie-thrower fined, 'banished from church'". ABC News. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  22. ^ a b "Alan Joyce takes on new public role with LGBTI organisation". 18 August 2018.
  23. ^ Hoppe, Andrew (16 August 2018). "Alan Joyce becomes a Patron of The Pinnacle Foundation". The Pinnacle Foundation.
  24. ^ "Qantas boss tops LGBT leaders list for backing same-sex marriage in Australia". The Guardian. 26 October 2017.
  25. ^ Jones, Jesse (9 May 2019). "Alan Joyce Qantas will continue social-justice campaigning". Star Observer.
  26. ^ a b "Order of Australia: Same-sex marriage support pays off for Qantas, Joyce says". Sydney Morning Herald. 12 June 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  27. ^ Steffens, Miriam; Hatch, Patrick (11 June 2017). "Order of Australia: Same-sex marriage support pays off for Qantas, Joyce says". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  28. ^ "Ambassadors - About". Australian Indigenous Education Foundation. Retrieved 4 November 2020.
  29. ^ "Joyce named a Companion of the Order of Australia". Australian Aviation. 12 June 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  30. ^ Aston, Joe (4 November 2015). "Qantas boss Alan Joyce joins republican movement". Financial Review. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  31. ^ Easdown, Geoff (10 May 2011). "Qantas chief Alan Joyce back after life-saving surgery". Retrieved 16 May 2011.
Business positions
New airline Jetstar logo.svg CEO of Jetstar Airways
Succeeded by
Bruce Buchanan
Preceded by
Geoff Dixon
CEO of Qantas