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James Strong: 1944-2013

James Strong: 1944-2013

James Strong, CEO of Qantas Airways and member of the Board of Directors at Dorna Sports between August 2000 and November 2006, died on Sunday at the age of 68.

Strong passed away in Sydney due to ‘lung complications’ following surgery. Throughout a career that began as a barrister and spanned various facets, Strong was an architect of the merger between Qantas and Australian Airlines Ltd. and chaired the resulting group, which went on to become the largest airline in the country from 1995.

Passionate about motorsport, Strong was a member of the Dorna Sports Board of Directors between August 2000 and November 2006. At that stage, he was a reguar visitor to the MotoGP™ paddock and also held the role of Director for the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, the body responsable for promoting both the F1 Grand Prix and MotoGP™ race in its country.

A keen mountaineering enthusiast, Strong chaired outdoor equipment retailer Kathmandu Holdings Ltd. (KMD) at the time of his death as well as the 2015 Cricket World Cup and V8 Supercars motor racing championship.

For his services in the areas of business and the arts as an administrator and philanthropist, Strong was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006.

Dorna Sports sends out heartfelt concolences to the family and friends of James Strong while recognising his dedication, contribition and professionalism towards MotoGP™ during the years in which he was linked to the World Championship.

MotoGP, 2013

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