Ms Namblard informed Mr Clifford over the weekend that, in light of the recent media reports concerning Italian court proceedings in which she is involved, Ms Namblard believes that it is in the best interests of both Qantas and herself that she resigns from the Qantas Board.
“Ms Namblard was especially concerned to ensure that the continuing media focus on the current Italian proceedings did not distract Qantas from implementing its strategic imperatives nor detract from the achievements that Qantas has had in meeting the challenges to its business.
The Qantas Board appreciates those sentiments”, Mr Clifford said.
“It is also apt to note that Ms Namblard strenuously denies any wrongdoing in relation to the matters which are the subject of the Italian proceedings, and the Qantas Board has no reason whatsoever to doubt that position.
“Since joining the Qantas Board in 2011, Ms Namblard has brought her considerable qualifications and experience to bear for the benefit of Qantas, and has demonstrated integrity in her approach to Board matters. The Board wishes Ms Namblard the very best for the future,” added Mr Clifford.