Carsten Spohr, Lufthansa Group's CEO, has
become Chairman of IATA's Board of Governors for a one-year term.
Spohr is the 78th chair and has served on the
board since May 2014. He succeeds Qatar Airways Group Chief
Executive Akbar Al Baker, who will continue to serve on the board.
“I’m honored and excited to take on this role at
this important time for our industry,” said Spohr. “We face a number of
challenges, including growing protectionism, high taxes and trade
wars. Probably the greatest challenge of all is sustainability.
The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International
Aviation (CORSIA) is a major achievement that will stabilize our
carbon emissions from 2020. Now we must map out the path to
achieving our much more ambitious 2050 goal — to cut net emissions
to half 2005 levels. Aviation is serious about its climate change
commitments. And we will be pushing hard for governments to do
their part by sorting air traffic management inefficiencies and
laying the policy framework for the commercialization of
sustainable aviation fuels.”
Spohr has been
Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG since 1
May 2014. In this role, he manages the Lufthansa Group comprising
the business segments Network Airlines, Eurowings and Aviation
Services, with around 135,000 employees worldwide.
Spohr began his
aviation career after receiving a graduate degree in business
engineering at the University of Karlsruhe and holds an A320
family captain’s license.
Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and
CEO, said, “I want to
thank Akbar Al Baker for his strong leadership and support as
Chairman over the last year. Under his leadership, IATA has made
progress on a number of IATA initiatives including New
Distribution Capability, One ID and digital transformation. Akbar also encouraged our gender diversity initiatives, leading to the
creation of the association’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards to
recognize those companies and individuals who are leading in this
Robin Hayes, JetBlue President and CEO, will
serve as Chairman from June 2020,
following Spohr’s term.
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