Wed, 6 June 2018

Akbar Al Baker New IATA Board Chairman

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, has assumed his duties as Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors (BoG) for a one-year term effective from the conclusion of the 74th IATA Annual General Meeting in Sydney, Australia.

 Al Baker is the 77th chair of the IATA BoG and the first CEO from Qatar Airways to hold the position. He has served on the BoG since 2012. He succeeds Goh Choon Phong, CEO of Singapore Airlines.

Akbar Al Baker. Click to enlarge.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker (pictured), said, "I am delighted to be here in Sydney and honored to be leading the IATA Board of Governors as Chairman for the year ahead. To be nominated to such a prestigious leadership position in the industry is a great honour, made all the more pertinent in the difficult circumstances in which Qatar Airways currently operates. I look forward to continuing my work in the coming year for our great aviation industry, connecting safely the peoples of the world, a sector which will only continue to grow in the years ahead, and one in which I am most proud to work and represent one of the world leading airlines."

Al-Baker was named Qatar Airways’ Group Chief Executive in 1997. In this position, Al Baker has spearheaded the growth of Qatar Airways from a small regional carrier into a major global airline. He was president of the 70th AGM which was held in Doha in 2014.

"I want to thank Goh Choon Phong for his strong support and leadership over the past year. He has led major changes in IATA’s governance that will enable the association to work even more closely with its members. Under his leadership the industry approved a major modernization of our settlement systems, and made excellent progress on transformative initiatives such as New Distribution Capability and ONE Order. Choon Phong’s insights were particularly helpful as we contended with the PEDs ban and growing infrastructure capacity shortfalls in key regions, while also working with governments to prepare for the arrival of the historic CORSIA program to help airlines manage their future emissions growth," said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

"I am confident that Akbar will be a strong voice on behalf of the Business of Freedom in the face of growing challenges including creeping re-regulation and a movement away from open borders and toward trade protectionism and restrictions on the free movement of people. I look forward to working with him on these and other key industry issues," de Juniac added.

Carsten Spohr, Chairman and CEO of Lufthansa, will serve as Chairman of the BoG from June 2019, following Al Baker’s term.

The full list of the 2018-2019 IATA Board of Governors is as follows:

* Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO - AIR CANADA
* María José Hidalgo Gutiérrez, CEO - AIR EUROPA
* Franck Terner, CEO - AIR FRANCE
* Douglas Parker, Chief Executive Officer - AMERICAN AIRLINES
* Harry Hohmeister, Chairman - AUSTRIAN AIRLINES
* German Efromovich, Chairman - AVIANCA
* Rupert Hogg, Chairman and CEO - CATHAY PACIFIC
* Liu Shaoyong, Chairman - CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES
* Tan Wangeng, President and CEO - CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES
* Pedro Heilbron, CEO - COPA AIRLINES
* Safwat Musallam, Chairman and CEO - EGYPTAIR
* Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO - ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES
* David Bronczek, President and CEO - FEDEX CORPORATION
* Christine Ourmières-Widener, CEO - FLYBE
* Luis Gallego Martin, CEO - IBERIA
* Yuji Akasaka, President - JAPAN AIRLINES
* Naresh Goyal, Chairman - JET AIRWAYS (INDIA) LTD.
* Sebastian Mikosz, Managing Director and CEO - KENYA AIRWAYS
* Pieter Elbers, President and CEO - KLM
* Yang Ho Cho, Chairman and CEO - KOREAN AIR
* Enrique Cueto, CEO - LATAM
* Carsten Spohr, Chairman and CEO - LUFTHANSA
* Mohamad El-Hout, Chairman/Director General - MIDDLE EAST AIRLINES
* Alan Joyce, CEO - QANTAS
* Akbar Al Baker, CEO - QATAR AIRWAYS
* Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO - SAS
* Saleh Nasser Al Jasser, Director General - SAUDI ARABIAN AIRLINES
* Pham Ngoc Minh, Chairman - VIETNAM AIRLINES

Latest videos and podcasts: World's Best Airport Hotel - Interview with GM of Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Singapore, What is a Moxy Hotel? Interview with Matthias Y. Sutter, WWF and Sustainable Hotels / Tourism - Interview with Maggie Lee, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa - Interview with Matthias Y. Sutter, GM, Sustainable Hotels - Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Interview with GM, Bruno Cristol, Saving Boracay Island, Philippines - Interview with Cyndy Tan Jarabata, Sustaining Tourism - Interview with Eric Ricaurte, Founder of Greenview, Sustainable Hotels - Interview with GM of JW Marriott Phuket, Diving in Phuket, Thailand - Interview with Sea Bees' Karen Lewis, Anthony Lark Explains PHIST, Raya Heritage Resort in Chiang Mai, Thailand - Interview with Naphat Nutsati, GM, Executive Chef at Raya Heritage Resort Chiang Mai, Pattana Golf Club & Resort in Sriracha, Thailand - Interview with MD, Thomas Tapken, Danesfield House Hotel & Spa in Marlow, England - Interview with GM, Anthony Cox, World Travel Market London 2018 - Interview with Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, airBaltic Airbus A220-300 Interview with Martin Gauss, CEO, Jake Needham - Interview with an American Author in Bangkok, Quick Look at the Dell Precision 7730 Mobile Workstation (Three Videos) and Dusit Thani Bangkok - Is It Really Going to Close? Interview with Titiya Xuto.

See latest HD Video Interviews, Podcasts and other news regarding: IATA, Qatar Airways.

Subscribe to our Latest Travel News Daily Email Free of Charge by simply entering your email address to the right. You can also stay updated with our RSS Feed Free Travel News RSS Feed and even add the travel news to your website. Have questions? Please read our travel news FAQ.
Latest Travel News
Copyright © 1997-2018