Alan Joseph Joyce, AC is an Irish businessman. He is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian airline Qantas.
Alan Joyce tells Jarlath the story of his journey from being raised in Tallaght to running the biggest brand in Australia.   As CEO of Qantas airlines, Alan Joyce turned around the airline from losing $20m per week to profits of over a billion per year. Alan explains how he wrestled with the tough decision make 5,000 redundancies (45:00) as well as revealing the incredible stroke of luck in the midst of it all which resulted in cancer diagnosis (57:00).   From the time he was attacked by dogs while live on T.V. (1:04:00) to why Irish people are better-suited to Australia (29:00) and what life was like to be openly gay in an Ireland when homosexuality was illegal (22:00) and much more, this is a truly fascinating conversation with one of the world’s most respected CEOs.   To hear about Alan's management style, his thoughts on morality in business, our lightning round of listener questions and more, become an Irishman Abroad Patron for just the price of a pint every month on for the full length version of this interview.   To hear he full extended cut of each interview every week and to hear every episode from the back-catalogue, become a patron of An Irishman Abroad on You can also gain access to the entire Irishman Abroad archive of episodes through our iPhone and Android Apps. Download the Irishman Abroad Android or iPhone apps for free using the links below.…d1101165812?mt=8…anabroad&hl=en_IE An Irishman Abroad is brought to you by Currency Fair. Currency Fair is the official partner of the podcast. To get great exchange rates and to avoid ridiculous bank and broker charges when transferring money to anywhere in the world go to For updates on future episodes and live shows follow @jarlath on Twitter, visit or email the show directly on  Disclaimer: All materials contained within this podcast are copyright protected. Third party reuse and/or quotation in whole or in part is prohibited unless direct credit and/or hyperlink to the Irishman Abroad podcast is clearly and accurately provided.
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Jun 30th, 1966
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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1 hour, 15 minutes
Podchaser Creator ID logo 188563