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IATA Appoints Karen Clayton as General Counsel

Karen Clayton has taken on the duties of General Counsel at IATA in addition to her responsibilities as Corporate Secretary.

Jeff Shane retired as IATAs General Counsel on 30 June 2020, after seven years of service.

The entire aviation world owes a huge debt of gratitude to Jeff, who joined IATA after a distinguished 25-year career in public service and another 15 years in private practice, said Alexandre de Juniac, IATAs Director General and CEO.  While in public service he was recognized for his role in establishing an Open Skies aviation policy for the United States, and he was a principal architect of the US Department of Transportations approach to international aviation alliances and antitrust immunity. At IATA, Jeff established the Associations legal team as an important industry reference point, pursuing industry objectives through judicial and regulatory proceedings and providing essential support to IATAs many lines of activity around the world. With this team, he achieved a landmark agreement with CFM International to adopt pro-competitive Conduct Policies on engine maintenance that will result in significant savings for our members.

Karen Clayton. Click to enlarge.

Karen joined IATA in April 2019 from Air New Zealand, where she held the role of General Counsel and Company Secretary since 2016.

A national of the United Kingdom, Karen holds a Law Degree from Sheffield University and a Diploma in Legal Practice from Exeter University.

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 New Zealand.

I congratulate Karen, who has taken on a growing set of responsibilities since coming to IATA, including ownership of IATAs Strategic Priorities. Karens industry expertise, strategic boardroom experience and leadership on diversity and inclusion have already made a major contribution to IATAs activities, particularly during the current industry crisis, said de Juniac.

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