IATA confirmed this week that Cathay Pacific
Airways CEO Tony Tyler has succeeded Samer Majali, CEO of Royal
Jordanian Airlines, as Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors.
Tyler is a 32-year veteran of the air transport
industry who has served as Cathay Pacific CEO since 2007. He
worked for Cathay Pacific and the Swire Group in many cities
across the globe and has been on the airline’s leadership board
since 1996. During that time he helped navigate the airline
through several challenges including the Asian financial crisis,
the SARS outbreak, and the post September 11-recovery.
on the IATA Chairman duties at a difficult time as the airline
industry works to weather a global economic recession, which has
affected passenger and cargo demand.
“The global economic
meltdown is hitting the aviation industry hard. A toxic
combination of low fares, a large drop in premium travel, and weak
cargo loads is hitting the bottom line hard. IATA has some
critical roles to play. It must protect the US$350 billion in
industry cash flowing through its financial systems. It must also
find even more efficiency gains—not just by airlines but
throughout the industry value chain,” Tyler said.
noted that 2009 will be a critical year in the environmental
debate. “As we move towards the climate change treaty negotiations
in Copenhagen in December, our industry’s united four-pillar
strategy on climate change makes us part of the solution. The
industry is committed to achieving carbon-neutral growth by 2020,
but to achieve this, we need to focus on bringing governments on
board. That means turning their support for improved technology,
effective operations and efficient infrastructure into action, as
well as reaching agreement on a global sectoral approach to
economic measures in a post-Kyoto climate framework,” Tyler said.
Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO
"First, we must thank Samer Majali for a job well done. His
leadership over the past year helped us navigate the industry
through many challenges from record high fuel prices to today’s
economic crisis. Under Samer’s leadership we had some major
achievements. The deadline for IOSA registration was met by 225
IATA airlines and we built an even stronger consensus and
commitment on the environment. I look forward to working closely
with Tony in the coming year to meet our growing challenges with
continued strong industry leadership.”
IATA’s Board of Governors also agreed to appoint David Bronczek,
President and Chief Executive of FedEx Express, to serve as
Chairman following Tyler. Bronczek will bring a unique perspective
from the air cargo industry when his term commences in June 2010.
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