The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced leadership changes at the conclusion of the Association’s 67th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit in Singapore. Peter Hartman, President and CEO of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines succeeds David Bronczek, CEO of FedEx Express, as Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors following the completion of Bronczek’s one-year term. This appointment is effective immediately and is for one year, ending with the conclusion of IATA’s 68th Annual General Meeting. Tony Tyler, former Chief Executive of Cathay Pacific, was confirmed to succeed Giovanni Bisignani as IATA’s Director General and CEO. Tyler’s appointment is effective from 1 July 2011, at which point Bisignani will become Director General Emeritus.”I am honored and excited to take on this important role with IATA at such a critical time. IATA’s leadership touches all the critical industry issues from safety and security, to environment and Simplifying the Business. I look forward to working with Giovanni and then Tony. The industry’s environment is changing rapidly. We must continue our joint efforts towards a sustainable aviation industry, to deliver the needed change to react quickly to crises, and also to proactively modernize processes and spread best practices,” said Hartman. “I thank the members of IATA for their confidence in electing me as IATA’s next Director General and CEO. Leading IATA is a heavy responsibility. This is made all the more difficult because Giovanni has raised the bar high. I will be a strong advocate for all of our member airlines,” said Tyler.
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