Flight Centre entrepreneur Graham Turner has spoken of the devastation that he and his staff felt after learning of the suspected murder of former employee Allison Baden-Clay.
Mr Turner, who also owns Spicers Hidden Vale resort at Grandchester, promoted Mrs Baden-Clay to a senior executive position in Flight Centre after she was recruited into the company in the mid-1990s.
"I remember Allison well. She was one of our high achievers. She joined us in 1993 and she was a very bright spark. It was devastating to hear what happened to her. There are still people here who are friends with her and they are understandably very upset," he told The Queensland Times.
A homicide investigation continues into the death of Mrs Baden-Clay who was reported missing by her husband Gerard on early on April 20.
Mrs Baden-Clay went missing from her Brookfield home on April 19.
Police are yet to reveal the cause of Mrs Baden-Clay's death after forensic tests were undertaken on her body.
The mother-of-three's funeral will be held at St Paul's Anglican Church in Ipswich at 11am tomorrow.
Family and friends attending the service have been asked to donate money to a fund set up to help the couple's three daughters rather than bring flowers.