The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced a decision of its Board of Governors, unanimously approved at an IATA meeting, to recommend Alexandre de Juniac, Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM, to succeed retiring Director General and CEO, Tony Tyler. The decision is pending confirmation from the IATA Annual General Meeting to be held June 1-3, 2016 in Dublin.
“The IATA Board of Governors is very pleased to recommend Alexandre de Juniac to lead IATA. Under Tony Tyler’s leadership IATA has grown stronger. This has been achieved by building partnerships across the industry and with governments, and by increasing the diversity of business models within IATA’s membership that has grown to 264 airlines. Alexandre’s broad experience in aviation and government makes him the ideal candidate to take our association to even greater heights,” said Andrés Conesa, CEO of Aeromexico and Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors.
De Juniac joins IATA from Air France-KLM where he has served as Chairman and CEO since 2013. Prior to that, he was the Chairman and CEO of Air France (2011-2013). Under de Juniac’s leadership, Air France and the Air France-KLM Group have undergone a successful restructuring which has improved efficiency and strengthened performance.
“I am honored by the confidence of my industry colleagues and mindful of the heavy responsibilities that the Director General and CEO bears. Tony Tyler has done a great job at the helm of IATA and I am excited to succeed him. IATA has a critical role to play in supporting the success of the aviation industry—leading advocacy, safeguarding the industry’s money, building the standards that underpin global connectivity and partnering with stakeholders and governments to drive important changes. I look forward to leading IATA as it supports safe, efficient and sustainable global connectivity,” said de Juniac.
Retiring CEO Tony Tyler said, “Alexandre will be a great leader for IATA. He knows the business well and brings valuable experience from both government and industry. I can’t think of a better person to lead the IATA team and I look forward to handing over the job in a few months’ time.”