Alexandre de Juniac took over IATA's leadership from Tony Tyler in June 2016.

A "force for good" has evolved to "the business of freedom"' for de Juniac. Allied to messaging that calls for the speed of innovation in the industry to improve, airlines look set to continue creating value for their end customer. Please see Alexandre de Juniac's blog for further updates.

In April 2020, in the midst of the COVID crisis, we celebrated 75 years of working together with our member airlines to make aviation the business of freedom.

2020 also marked an unprecedented crisis for the aviation industry with the COVID-19 pandemic. De Juniac tiredlessly led the industry and managed the organization through the crisis, aligning all stakeholders to restart aviation. The arrival of  2021 still brings many uncertainties, but IATA, together with its members is determined to build back the vital global connectivity that has been lost in this crisis. There is a great expectation for aviation’s role in the global distribution of a vaccines when they are ready.  Safely re-starting large parts of the industry after months of being grounded is a challenge that will require IATA to work with governments globally. 

In November 2020, de Juniac announced his retirement, He will be replaced by Willie Walsh who will take over IATA's leadership on 1 April 2021.

>IATA's leadership changes (press release).
>Willie Walsh's acceptance speech