The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that Alexandre de Juniac has officially taken the reins as Director General & CEO of the organization. He succeeds Tony Tyler, who has served in that role since 2011.
"I am excited to be taking on this great responsibility. IATA plays a critical role in facilitating safe, efficient and sustainable global air transport. Tony Tyler has raised the bar through his achievements over the last 5 years,” De Juniac said.
The former CEO of AF/KL was confirmed by the 72nd IATA Annual General Meeting this past June to be the 7th person to lead IATA.
"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,” De Juniac said. “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.”
De Juniac emphasized the need for industry stakeholders, especially governments, to recognize the value that aviation creates.
"The numbers are clear. Air transport supports an impressive 63 million jobs and some $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.”