The announcements keep coming at Australia’s major airlines with long-standing Qantas chairman Leigh Clifford revealing Tuesday he is due to step down in October after 11 years.Clifford has been chairman at Qantas since November, 2007, and will be replaced by current board member and former Wesfarmers chief executive Richard Goyder.Goyder joined the board in 2017 amid speculation he had been recruited as Clifford’s successor.Clifford has been at the helm of the Qantas board during some of the company’s most tumultuous and successful periods.It was under his chairmanship that current chief executive Alan Joyce was appointed and Clifford staunchly supported Joyce when he grounded the airline in 2011 amid a clash with unions.His tenure saw the airline post a record loss as it wrote down the value of its international fleet and then record profits as it benefited from lower fuel prices and a transformation program.Read: Good times to continue for Qantas.“It has been an absolute privilege to lead the Qantas Board for these past 11 years,’’ Clifford said in a statement. “The national carrier has never been in a stronger position and that’s a credit to the management team and the 30,000 employees that make up the Qantas Group family.“Richard is one of the most experienced business leaders in Australia and an excellent choice to lead the Qantas Board into the future.”Goyder was chief executive at Wesfarmers for 12 years and serves as chairman of Woodside Petroleum Limited and the Australian Football League Commission.He also chairs JDFR Australia, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and of the Channel 7 Telethon Trust. He is an honorary member of the Business Council of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.“Qantas is an iconic Australian company and one of the best-performing airline groups in the world,’’ he said. ”I’m honoured to be named its Chairman and look forward to working with my Board colleagues to help it take advantage of the opportunities ahead.”Clifford’s announcement comes after Virgin Australia chief executive John Borghetti revealed earlier this month that he plans to step down by the end of 2019.READ: Borghetti to leave Virgin Australia
By Imad SousouAt Intel, we firmly believe the industry moves forward faster when everyone is collaborating openly and innovating rapidly. This is why we are strong supporters of open source software and focused on upstreaming our code. These commitments are a key reason Intel is recognized as the leading contributor to the Linux kernel and a top contributor to OpenStack, AOSP, Chromium, BlueZ, and connman among others. In each of these cases, Intel collaborates across the industry to see technologies advance and help transitions occur.Today, we are proud to join the Cloud Native Computing Foundation—also backed by Google, Cisco, IBM, VMware, Twitter, Box, Cycle Computing, CoreOS, Goldman Sachs, Joyent, Mesosphere, Red Hat, SUPERNAP, Twitter – as this foundation will help shape the evolution of cloud technology as application management evolves while easing the adoption and implementation process. These efforts further Intel’s drive to support the entire cloud ecosystem and help ensure technology solutions have a path to adoption.This effort ties in nicely with the Clear Linux Project for Intel Architecture that Intel announced earlier this year. The Clear Linux distribution provides a reference implementation for features within Intel platforms. Our intent is for companies to look at the code, adopt it, and then implement it within their own solutions.This is why I am personally excited to see the advances from companies like CoreOS. In addition to their Tectonic preview announcement today and the training we will do together, CoreOS demonstrated an integration of Tectonic with Kubernetes, using Intel® Clear Container technology, as part of Clear Linux. This demo illustrates how Clear Container technology allows a virtual machine (VM) to act as a container, providing the rapid-boot time needed for cloud applications, but with the security model of a VM.I love seeing this type of innovation. It’s exactly what we need to drive greater adoption of cloud technology.For two years, Intel has worked to make Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) a reality within IT departments worldwide. The industry has come a long way and work on projects like OpenStack is being validated today by the number of deployments by key companies in the past year. Our collaboration with Red Hat, Canonical, HP Helion, Mesosphere, Rackspace, Mirantis and others continues to advance enterprise cloud availability and functionality.