Jon is a senior management executive with extensive experience in the aviation, travel and tourism fields with a solid base in establishing green field start-up operations.
After graduating from the University of Queensland and a brief career in Town Planning, Jon commenced his tourism career with the Queensland Tourist and Travel Corporation before moving into management roles with industry suppliers such as Hamilton Island and Hertz.
Jon has worked in financial services with Diners Club and in divisional roles at RACV. He was responsible for establishing a joint services company for the Australian Automobile Clubs called AAA Tourism becoming their launch CEO. In 2001, Jon joined the newly established low cost airline Virgin Blue as Head of Global Sales. He was responsible for sales and distribution including the establishment of Pacific Blue and Polynesian Blue. In 2006 he moved to Jetstar establishing the airline’s sales distribution in Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia.
In 2008 Jon launched Etihad Airways operations in Victoria as State Manager. After 3 years he left the airline to live and work in Daylesford in regional Victoria, but returned to the carrier last year to head up sales distribution for Etihad Airways nationally.