Tennis Australia appoints first female leader

Tennis Australia has appointed Jayne Hrdlicka, the chief executive of the Jetstar Group airline, as its first female president and chair.

Hrdlicka was elected by the Tennis Australia board to succeed the retiring Chris Freeman in the role at the organisation’s annual general meeting in Melbourne this (Tuesday) morning. Her term will run until 2020.

Hrdlicka, who was appointed to the governing body’s board in January 2016, has served as the chief executive of Melbourne-based Jetstar, a subsidiary of Qantas, since 2012.

“We have strong leadership across the sport and we need everyone working together to deliver great outcomes around Australia,” she said. “Tennis Australia has undergone an unprecedented period of growth this past decade.

“There is a great foundation upon which to build the future success of the sport. That involves the growth of the Australian Open, Australian Open Series, continually enabling our national teams to achieve their best, helping identify and nurture the next generation of talent, working closely with the nation’s coaches, growing the participation base throughout the nation and ensuring tennis is the sport of choice for our kids.

“We can only do that together as a unified tennis community, communicating regularly and following a well-constructed strategy.”

Hrdlicka is also a former non-executive director of Woolworths and was a senior partner at the Bain & Company management consultancy in the US.

In a members’ vote at today’s AGM, Ken Laffey was re-elected as a board member, with Tennis Queensland board member Peter Robertson added to the board. Audit and risk specialist Janice van Reyk was also confirmed as a board-appointed director.