Alan Joyce is a $25 million man

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce. Photo: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, who engineered one of the biggest turnarounds in Australian corporate history, was paid $24.58 million in 2017.

The national airline’s annual report released today shows his total remuneration almost doubled from last year’s $12.96 million.

The bulk of his increased pay, on top of his $2.1 million base, was made up of share price improvements on his long term incentive, worth $14.48 million.

Joyce has benefited from a rising share price as he steered the airline back to profitability.

Three years ago Qantas posted a $2.8 billion loss. Last month it posted its second-highest underlying profit result in the 97 year history of the national airline — $1.4 billion.

In 2014 Joyce was awarded 3,248,000 rights to shares under his long term incentive scheme. Then they had a value of $4,092,000. By the time they vested three years later, they were worth $14,486,000.

Here’s how Qantas shares have risen over the last three years:


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