IATA has appointed Gilberto Lopez Meyer as
Senior Vice President for Safety and Flight Operations, and Nick
Careen as Senior Vice President for Airport, Passenger, Cargo and
Safety and Flight
Gilberto Lopez Meyer will take up his role as
Senior Vice President for SFO on 19 October 2015.
Gilberto will be based in Montreal and
succeeds Kevin Hiatt who left IATA in July. He joins IATA from the
Mexican Civil Aviation Authority which he has twice led as its
Director General (2003-2008 and from 2014 to the present).
Gilberto started his aviation career as a
pilot with Mexicana Airlines (1986-2003) and also has strong
experience in airports having twice served as the Director General
of Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares (2008-2012 and 2013-2014) as
well as the Director General of Mexico City International Airport
"I am confident that Gilberto brings
comprehensive knowledge, skills and experience to IATAís top job
for safety and flight operations. His unique perspective from
holding senior jobs in flight operations, as a regulator and as
airport operator will add tremendous value to IATAís management
team," said Tony Tyler, IATAís Director General and CEO.
Gilberto said, "I am excited to be joining the
IATA team which is playing a leading role in enhancing safety and
driving efficiency in flight operations. My immediate priorities
are to continue the push towards predictive safety analysis with
the Global Aviation Data Management initiative, the continuous
enhancement of IATAís auditing programs and support for the
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)ís efforts on
enhancing global aircraft tracking capabilities."
Cargo and Security (APCS)
Nick Careen will take up his role as Senior Vice
President for APCS on 1 October 2015. He succeeds Tom Windmuller
who retired from IATA in August after nearly a quarter century of
serving the industry.
The APCS role, which was created in a 2013
reorganization, is being shifted from the Executive office in
Geneva to IATAís Montreal headquarters. Nick will oversee a team
with a significant presence in both Montreal and Geneva.
Prior to IATA, Nick built his career in Air
Canada and its subsidiary Jazz where his last role was as Air
Canada Vice President for Airport, Call Centers and Customer
Relations, a position he held from 2013 to 2014.
Nick has comprehensive experience in flight and
airport operations, human resource management and government
"Nick has the right mix of experience to help
our members address the operational challenges that they face in
the areas of airports, passenger facilitation, cargo and security
by leading the development and implementation of IATAís global
standards and industry programs. With nearly 25 years in the
industry covering a large network carrier and a regional operator
Nick is well-placed to drive programs such as Fast Travel, e-Air
Waybill and Smart Security. And we are counting on him to find
even more ways to create and deliver value by linking operational
activities," said Tyler.
Nick added, "In my work at Air Canada and Jazz I
have experienced the value of IATAís leadership in developing
global standards that drive efficiency and raise the bar on
safety. My first aim will be to deliver on IATAís current
initiatives. There is also great potential to develop further
IATAís well-respected tradition of driving change by combining
expertise, a unique global perspective and solid industry
partnerships. Aviation is a fast-changing industry driven by
evolution in customer demands, technology and the regulatory
environment. Many of the challenges that this creates are in
operational areas and can best be met with industry-wide efforts.
Thatís the remit of IATA. Working with our members and partners I
look forward to taking IATAís APCS activities several steps
further in creating value and driving innovation."
"These appointments add new strength to IATAís
management team as we pursue our mission to represent, lead and
serve the airline industry. Aviation is a team effort. Nick and
Gilbertoís broad experience covers many of our key partners:
airports, service providers, regulators and of course airlines. I
welcome them to the IATA team and look forward to the significant
contributions they with their teams of industry experts will make
towards an ever safer, more efficient, sustainable and profitable
global aviation industry," said Tyler. "I thank Tom Windmuller and
Kevin Hiatt for their service to the industry. They have set the
bar high for their successors. I wish Tom well in his retirement
and Kevin all the best in his future ventures."
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