IATA has confirmed that Karen Clayton will join
IATA as the Association’s Corporate Secretary effective April
Karen joins IATA from Air New Zealand where she has
held the role of General Counsel and Company Secretary since 2016.
As Corporate Secretary, Karen will ensure the integrity of
IATA’s governance framework, including management of the Association’s Board of Governors and its various committees.
IATA Board of Governors is elected by the Association’s 290-strong
membership and consists of CEOs from 31 airlines and IATA’s
Director General and CEO.
As a member of IATA’s Strategic
Leadership Team, Karen will also support the Director General and
CEO with advice and input on IATA’s strategic plans and industry
Karen will take over IATA’s Corporate
Secretary role from Paul Steele who is currently IATA’s Corporate
Secretary and Senior Vice President for Member and External
When Karen joins IATA in April 2019, Steele will focus
on strengthening IATA’s advocacy activities in his continued role
as Senior Vice President for Member and External Relations.
“Karen brings with her a wealth of experience that will ensure
the continued effective management of IATA’s governance processes.
Moreover, her industry expertise, leadership on diversity and
inclusion, and strategic boardroom experience will contribute to
IATA’s overall success in fulfilling its mission to represent,
lead and serve the global airline industry,” said Alexandre de
Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.
national of the United Kingdom, Karen holds a Law Degree from
Sheffield University and a Diploma in Legal Practice from Exeter
Karen was admitted as a Solicitor in England and
Wales in 1999. After beginning her career in legal firms in the UK
and Australia, Karen moved into corporate practice where she
served as General Counsel and Company Secretary at National Grid
Plc, then General Counsel at Mercury NZ Ltd, prior to joining Air
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