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Jetstar Asia Appoints John Simeone as New Chief Executive Officer

After nearly 12 years of service Jetstar Asia’s CEO, Barathan Pasupathi, will step down and will be succeeded by John Simeone effective March 1st, 2024.  Mr. Simeone currently works for Qantas as Senior Vice President for Asia.

Jetstar Asia's New Chief Executive Officer, John Simeone - Courtesy Jetstar

On Tuesday (January 9, 2024), Jetstar announced that Jetstar Asia’s Chief Executive Officer, Barathan Pasupathi, will step down after nearly 12 years of service to pursue other opportunities.  Effective March 1st, 2024, he will be succeeded by John Simeone, who currently works for Qantas as Senior Vice President for Asia.  Mr. Simeone lives in Singapore and has over 30 years of aviation industry experience across areas including network planning, revenue management and sales. 

In Tuesday’s announcement, Jetstar Asia’s Chairman, Dennis Choo, said,

“As a passionate and energetic leader, Bara has been a true champion of our brand and our people and has ensured Jetstar Asia is positioned for success as we look forward to an exciting future by increasing our fleet, launching new destinations, and welcoming new team members.  


“I thank Bara for his exceptional contribution to Jetstar Asia over many years.  John is a fantastic people leader and joins Jetstar Asia with over 30 years of aviation experience, including a deep knowledge of the Singapore and Asian aviation markets.  John’s appointment provides continuity to the business and strong leadership to Jetstar Asia as we continue an exciting chapter of growth at the airline.” 


Also commenting on the leadership transition, Jetstar Asia’s outgoing CEO, Barathan Pasupathi, said,


“I’ve been humbled by the tremendous support from shareholders, the Board, partners and team members and I want to take this opportunity to thank them all.  I am pleased to hand over the reins to John, who I’ve had the pleasure of working with closely for a number of years and who I know will excel in the role.” 


Jetstar Asia’s incoming CEO, John Simeone, added,


“Jetstar Asia is an incredible airline full of passionate and talented people and plays a key role here in Singapore, providing low fares for Singaporeans and connecting to the broader Qantas Group in Asia.  My focus will be to continue the exciting journey we’ve started, building capacity and connectivity out of Changi Airport so we can keep offering great low fares to amazing destinations across the region.  I’m looking forward to leading the Jetstar Asia team and continuing to deliver great experiences for our customers.” 

Launched in in 2004, Jetstar Airways is wholly owned by the Qantas Group, and has to date carried over 350 million passengers, operating in Australia and New Zealand.  The Jetstar Group also includes Jetstar Asia in Singapore and Jetstar Japan.  A low-cost carrier, Jetstar is committed to offering everyday low fares to enable more people to fly to more places.


Source: Jetstar Airways


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