The International Air Transport Association announced leadership changes during its 72nd AGM in Dublin. Willie Walsh, ceo of International Airlines Group, takes over from Andres Conesa, CEO of AeroMexico, as chairman of the IATA board of governors. Willie, who represents British Airways, takes up his duties immediately for a one-year term until the conclusion of Iata’s 73rd AGM. He has served on the board of governors since 2005.
Alexandre de Juniac, chairman and CEO of Air France KLM, will succeed Tony Tyler as Iata Director General and CEO, effective September 1. Goh Choon Phong, CEO of Singapore Airlines, will serve as board chair-elect for a one-year term, to take office from June 2017 following Willie’s term.
Willie says Iata’s top priority is getting governments’ agreement on a global market-based measure to manage aviation’s carbon emissions at the 39th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation later this year. The aim is for the industry to achieve carbon-neutral growth from 2020.