Former IATA CEO Tony Tyler to join Qantas board

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Former IATA CEO, Tony Tyler


Former IATA director general and CEO, Tony Tyler will join the Qantas board as a non-executive director, subject to shareholder approval.

Qantas chairman, Leigh Clifford announced the move, saying Tyler will bring significant experience in commercial aviation as well as overseas markets when he formally joins the board in October.

Clifford says: “His industry knowledge runs deep and so does his experience of doing business in Asia, which is a key market for the Qantas Group. Tony’s perspective will be a valuable addition to the knowledge already on the Board.”

Tyler says: “Qantas is one of the world’s most iconic airlines and it continues to be responsible for a lot of innovation in commercial aviation. I’m very excited to join the board and I look forward to contributing to the Group’s continued success.”

Tyler started his aviation career at Cathay Pacific in 1978, rising through the ranks to become chief operating officer between 2005 and 2007, then as chief executive officer from 2007 to 2011.

He then served as director general and CEO of the International Air Transport Association from 2011 to 2016, before Alexandre de Juniac took over.

Tyler is also on the boards of BOC Aviation and Bombardier, and has experience on the boards of Dragonair, Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering and the UK-based National Air Traffic Services.