Rob Gurney joined oneworld® in October 2016 as its CEO, reporting to the alliance’s Governing Board, which comprises the CEOs of all its member airlines, and leading the alliance’s central team, which is based in New York. Since then, oneworld has undertaken a comprehensive transformation, building a digital platform to enable a range of transactions via member airline apps; launched a new membership programme, oneworld connect and onboarded inaugural member Fiji Airways; added a new full member, Royal Air Maroc and relaunched the oneworld brand.
With dual Australian and UK citizenship, Rob Gurney joined British Airways in 1993, working in commercial roles in Australia, New Zealand and the airline’s London headquarters. He managed on behalf of Qantas and British Airways their joint business covering their combined services on the “kangaroo route” between
Australia and Europe. In 1997, he switched to Qantas, working in various commercial roles in the airline’s Sydney headquarters. For four years, until 2012, he was Group Executive Qantas Airlines Commercial, with responsibility for
worldwide sales and marketing. After leaving Qantas, he served for two years as CEO of Helloworld (previously branded Jetset Travelworld Group).
He was recruited by Emirates in 2014 as its Divisional Vice-President Australia and New Zealand. A year later, he was transferred by the airline to New York, as Senior Vice-President North America, responsible for all commercial activities in the USA and Canada. He subsequently assumed responsibility also for South America, becoming Senior Vice-President Commercial Operations The Americas.