Tributes are pouring in for former Qantas chief James Strong, who has died aged 68 after complications following surgery.
Mr Strong died on Sunday in Sydney, his family said in a statement.
"A beautiful man and a great loss. He will be profoundly missed by many," his family said.
Mr Strong was the chief executive and managing director of Qantas between 1993 and 2001 following his appointment to the company's board in 1991.
He was also a chairman of V8 Supercars and Kathmandu Holdings.
Kathmandu chief executive Peter Halkett said he was very sad to lose his chairman and mentor.
"I was always able to count on his full support during some challenging periods that Kathmandu has experienced as a public company," he said.
Newly-appointed interim Kathmandu chairman John Harvey said Mr Strong played a critical role in securing the company's initial listing.
"His loss will be felt throughout the business community," he said.
Formula One driver Mark Webber said Mr Strong would be missed.
"Sorry to hear the news that James Strong has passed away. He was very special towards my junior racing career. Great guy. Will be missed," he wrote on Twitter.
ABC managing director Mark Scott also posted his condolences.
"Saddened to hear of the death of James Strong. Captain of industry, advocate for the arts, adventurer, gentleman, and wonderful bow-ties," he tweeted.
Qantas is expected to release a statement later on Monday.Mr Strong was previously chairman of the Insurance Australia Group and Woolworths, and chief executive of Australian Airlines from 1985 until 1989.
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