Posted on: 02 September 2016 by Mark Howells
tThe International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that Alexandre de Juniac has now officially taken on the role of its director general and CEO, succeeding Tony Tyler, who had served in the position since 2011.
It was confirmed de Juniac was to be the seventh person to lead IATA at the Association’s 72nd Annual General Meeting in June 2016.
“I am excited to be taking on this great responsibility. IATA plays a critical role in facilitating safe, efficient and sustainable global air transport,” remarked de Juniac. “Tony Tyler has raised the bar through his achievements over the last five years. With the guidance of our board and the support of our membership, my aim is to ensure that IATA continues to deliver the value that our members and partners rely upon.
“IATA touches almost every aspect of the air transport industry and interacts with a wide range of stakeholders – especially governments. I will call on all my experience to ensure that IATA meets the needs of our members and plays a leading role in responding to the challenges that the industry faces. In particular, the accelerating pace of change in the world means that we must be able to move even more rapidly – as an industry and as an association. IATA’s mission is to represent, lead, and serve the airline industry with global standards. For me that means we must use change as a catalyst for innovation to please customers and contribute positively to the business of our members.
“The numbers are clear,” de Juniac continued. “Air transport supports an impressive 63 million jobs and some US$2.7 trillion in economic activity. But that’s only a part of the value that aviation creates. Our industry is in the business of freedom. We help people to explore the planet, to do business globally, to bridge cultures with friendships and understanding, and to enjoy better lives through the prosperity that connectivity creates. Aviation changes our world for the better. And as the industry’s global advocate, my mission is to rally our partners to ensure that nothing impedes the business of freedom.”