Vanessa Hudson
CEO and Managing Director
Qantas Group

Vanessa HudsonVanessa Hudson commenced as Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in September 2023. Ms Hudson was previously Group Chief Financial Officer for four years, including through the pandemic and the airline’s recovery. She served as Qantas Chief Customer Officer, with responsibilities spanning all aspects of the customer experience and strategy.

Joining Qantas in 1994, she has held a variety of senior commercial, customer and finance roles across the Group, in Australia and overseas, including Executive Manager of Sales and Distribution, Senior Vice President for Qantas across the Americas and New Zealand, Executive Manager of Commercial Planning and Executive Manager for Product and Service. In these various roles her responsibilities ranged from sales channels, revenue management and network planning, to transformation in catering, airports and network.

Vanessa has a Bachelor of Business and was admitted as a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1994.

Updates from the Founding Group

Champions of Change Founding Group

Vanessa Hudson is a Member of the Champions of Change Founding Group. The Founding Group was established in 2010 and comprises CEOs, Board Directors, Commonwealth Government Department Secretaries, University and Military leaders. Members of the Founding Group are committed to advance gender equality across their organisations and across the country. They focus on action in the areas of women’s representation in leadership, talent development, accountability and public advocacy.