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, including naming Peter Hartman, the president and CEO of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to succeed 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.
IATA also said that Tony Tyler, the 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.
“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. A 40-year industry veteran, Hartman has been president and CEO of KLM since 2007 and has served on the IATA Board of Governors since 2008.
“The agenda for the rest of 2011 includes delivering 10% e-freight volumes by the end of this year, challenging Europe on the inclusion of international aviation in its Emissions Trading Scheme, and making progress on the Checkpoint of the Future,” said Bisignani.
“My goal is to make the world a better place for airlines to do the important business of connecting 2.8 billion people and 48 million tons of cargo. I look forward to working with Peter, the Board, and all of our members to ensure that IATA meets changing needs with innovation and continues to deliver results that are relevant to our members,” said Tyler.
Tyler, who has worked with Cathay Pacific Airways since 1978, served as the airline’s Chief Executive from 2007 until his retirement in March 2011.
“IATA and the industry survived and grew stronger because we had the courage to change and the focus to deliver. I thank the Board, our members, partners, and governments that embraced and supported change and believed in my vision. With Tony, I am sure that IATA is in good hands and I look forward to watching it adapt to emerging realities and see its relevance to the industry grow,” said Bisignani.
IATA also announced that the Board of Governors agreed to appoint Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas, to serve as Chairman from June 2012, following Hartman’s term.