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Tony Tyler to Become Next IATA DG and CEO

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IATAís Board of Governors has selected Tony Tyler, CEO of Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways, to fill the post of IATA Director General and CEO following the retirement of the current Director General and CEO, Giovanni Bisignani, next year.

The Board will recommend Tylerís appointment to IATAís Annual General Meeting planned for 6-8 June 2011 in Cairo Egypt. Tylerís duties as the Associationís head are scheduled to commence 1 July 2011.

David Bronczek, CEO of FedEx Express and Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors, said, ďTonyís leadership of Cathay Pacific through challenging times prepares him well for the job. His knowledge of Asia will help IATA take advantage of opportunities in the industryís largest market. And his global experience gives Tony the right perspective for our global association. Since taking the helm of IATA in 2002, Giovanni rebuilt the association, restored its relevance and set a very high benchmark for its leadership. Finding a successor was a challenging task for Boardís search committee. We are absolutely confident that Tony is the right person to take the association to even greater heights.Ē

Tyler, 55, has been Chief Executive of Cathay Pacific since 2007. Tyler joined the Swire Group, parent company of Cathay Pacific, in 1977 and has worked with the group in Hong Kong, Australia, the Philippines, Canada, Japan, Italy and the United Kingdom. He is also Chairman of Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Limited and Director of both John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Limited and Swire Pacific Limited. From June 2009 to June 2010, Tyler served as Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors. He is a graduate of Oxford University.

ďTony is a great recommendation to lead IATA. His deep knowledge of Asia will help position IATA to deliver even greater leadership in this important region. But I am also confident that the global respect gained during his successful tenure as IATA Chairman in 2009-10 positions him well to fulfill IATAís mission to represent, lead and serve equally all of our 230 members. After nearly 10 years of crises, challenges and change, I will look forward with confidence to handing over the reins of IATAís leadership to Tony in July. Until then, I remain fully committed to leading IATA as it strives to make the industry safer, greener and more profitable,Ē said Bisignani.

Bisignani is the fifth IATA Director General and CEO since the Associationís founding in 1945.

See also: John Slosar to Succeed Tony Tyler as Chief Executive of Cathay Pacific

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