After spending his early years in rural WA, from 1963 a thirteen year old Rod Eddington attended Christ Grammar School in Perth.He then studied engineering at the University of WesternAustralia and graduated with First Class Honours in 1972. He continued his studies at UWA and completed a Masters of Engineering.In 1974 Rod Eddington was the Rhodes Scholar from WA. He completed his DPhil in the Dept of Engineering Science atOxford University. He played eight first class matches for Oxford in 1975 and 1976.He was President of the Vincent’s Club in 1977.He joined the Swire Group in 1979, working for its subsidiary Cathay Pacific, before being appointed Managing Director in 1992.
After joining News Limited, he was appointed Chairman ofAnsett Australia in January 1997.He was also appointed Deputy Chairman of News Limited inSeptember 1998. News Corp, News Ltd’s parent company, had taken control of Ansett from TNT in 1979.Rod Eddington was promoted to the News Corp Board inSeptember 1999.In a timely transaction Ansett was sold in 2000 to Air NewZealand.Prior to its sale Ansett was performing well.In 2000 Rod Eddington replaced Bob Ayling as CEO of BritishAirways.He successfully steered BA through the very difficult aftermath of the 11 September 2001 terror attacks.
After a large loss in 2002 BA returned a substantial profit in 2003during a very difficult period for the airline industry, including the Iraq war and the first SARS outbreak.
He left BA in September 2005 after more than five years in the position and currently sits on a number of company boards.Sir Rod Eddington was knighted in 2005 for services to the aviation industry.In 2012 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia and was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy ofTechnological Sciences and Engineering.
Sir Rod was honoured by the Japanese Government in 2015with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, for his contribution to strengthening the economic relations betweenAustralia and Japan.