IATA looks for new CEO after Tony Tyler announces retirement

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IATA director general and chief executive officer Tony Tyler July 2015

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is searching for a new chief executive officer (CEO) after Tony Tyler announced he will retire next June after five years in the post.

IATA says it expects to appoint a successor at its June 2016 annual general meeting in Dublin, Ireland.

Tyler is also a former chief executive of Cathay Pacific Airways in Hong Kong, in which capacity he also served on the IATA board of governors and as chairman before joining IATA as CEO in 2011.

“It has been a great privilege and responsibility to lead IATA and I am proud of what the IATA team has achieving during my term of office,” Tyler says.

“I remain fully committed to leading IATA until a successor is appointed and appreciate the widespread support of colleagues, the board of governors and membership at large.,” Tyler adds.

Aeroméxico CEO and chairman of IATA, Andrés Conesa, says: “I regret he will be leaving the association and in the meantime we will continue to guide and support him and his team in their mission to deliver a safe, efficient and sustainable airline industry.”

IATA represents around 260 airlines in 117 countries with flights by its members comprising around 83 per cent of global air traffic. Its head office is in Montreal, Canada, and executive office in Geneva, Switzerland.