Tyler to leave IATA after five years at the stick

Tyler to leave IATA after five years at the stick

Tony Tyler, IATA director general and CEO.

HONG KONG — The International Air Transport Association director general and CEO Tony Tyler will retire in June next year after serving five years in the position.

Tyler came to IATA in 2011 after serving as Cathay Pacific chief executive officer, in which capacity he also served on the IATA board of governors including as its chairman from June 2009 to June 2010.

“After five years as director general and CEO of IATA, I believe it will be time for me to retire and leave the organization,” Tyler said in a statement. “It is a great privilege and responsibility to lead IATA, and I am proud of what the IATA team is achieving during my term of office.

“I greatly appreciate the support I receive from the board of governors and the membership at large, and from my colleagues. I remain fully committed to leading IATA until my successor is appointed in June next year,” said Tyler.

Andrés Conesa, chief executive officer of Aeroméxico and chairman of the IATA board since June this year, was full of praise for the former Cathay executive.
“Tony Tyler is a very effective leader of IATA, who is achieving much in his role as director general and CEO.,” Conesa said.

“The search will now start for a successor to be appointed at the next IATA annual general meeting in Dublin in June 2016. In the meantime the board will continue to guide and support Tony and his team in their mission to deliver a safe, efficient and sustainable airline industry.”

In his five years at the head of IATA, Tyler seldom spent more than a week in the same country, continually lobbying on behalf of the airline industry for initiatives such as e-ticketing, e-freight and risk-based security approaches.

IATA is the trade association for the world's airlines, representing some 260 airlines, or 83 percent of total air traffic. IATA supports many areas of aviation activity and helps formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues.

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