IATA has appointed Kevin Hiatt
as Senior Vice President, Safety and Flight Operations.
join IATA on 17 February 2014 and be based at the association’s
headquarters in Montreal. He will succeed Guenther Matschnigg, who
is retiring from IATA.
Hiatt joins IATA from the Flight
Safety Foundation (FSF) where he has been President and CEO since
1 January 2013, having joined FSF in 2010 as Executive Vice
President. He was subsequently promoted to the position of COO.
Hiatt previously served as Vice President for Corporate Safety and
Security for World Airways, and was with Delta Air Lines for 26
years in various positions, including Chief Pilot at the
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Pilot Crew Base
from 2002 to late 2005.
"Kevin will lead IATA’s work on our
top priority—safety. He brings to this position a proven track
record of both leadership and innovation at FSF and within the
airline industry. IATA has an ambitious agenda for safety with our
Six Point Safety Program. This includes supporting the Abuja
Declaration aimed at bringing African safety performance to world class levels by 2015 and implementing the Enhanced IATA
Operational Safety Audit (Enhanced-IOSA). Kevin will be a strong
addition to our organization and will enable us to work even more
closely with safety partners such as FSF," said Tony Tyler, IATA’s
Director General and CEO.
Matschnigg has led IATA’s efforts on safety and flight
operations since 1999.
"Guenther’s achievements are far too many
to list. Among the highlights is that he conceived and led the
development of the IOSA program. As the program celebrates its
10th anniversary the performance of airlines on the IOSA registry
clearly shows that it has improved safety. In the spirit of
constant improvement he has also overseen the launch of Enhanced-IOSA—which strengthens the program through constant
quality management. We all owe Guenther an enormous debt
of gratitude for his strong leadership in the areas of safety,
operations, security and infrastructure during his 14 years with
IATA," said Tyler.
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