CEO Biography: Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO
Tony Tyler became the sixth person to lead the International Air Transport Association (IATA) when he took on the role of Director General and CEO from 1 July 2011. With over three decades of airline industry experience, Tyler is a strong advocate for a safe, secure, efficient and sustainable global air transport industry.
Tyler is keen to engage all aviation stakeholders to achieve common goals. This is evident in two projects which IATA is undertaking with his leadership. IATA is working with multiple industry participants on a New Distribution Capability that will modernize the way that airline products are distributed via travel agencies and online travel sites in addition to aligning the process with standard Internet retailing practices. Similarly, IATA is working with governments and industry stakeholders around the world to develop an airport Smart Security (formerly Checkpoint of the Future). The aim is to improve security while removing the hassles that passengers face today.
Tyler has also championed IATA’s commitment to addressing aviation’s impact on the environment. This effort led to passage of a milestone Resolution at IATA’s 69th Annual General Meeting in 2013, calling upon governments to reach a global agreement on a market-based measure (MBM) as a key tool to manage aviation’s carbon footprint and achieve the industry’s carbon-neutral growth target.
A passionate believer that aviation is a force for good in the world, Tyler has been a tireless global campaigner on behalf of the industry. He carries with him a message that aviation delivers extensive social and economic benefits—supporting some 57 million jobs and enabling over $2.2 trillion of business annually.
He has also overseen a major internal restructuring of IATA to improve the association’s organizational effectiveness in delivering greater value to its members.
Prior to joining IATA, Tyler built his career at John Swire & Sons in Hong Kong. He joined the company in 1977 and in 1978 moved within the Swire Group to Cathay Pacific Airways, rising to the position of Chief Executive (2007 to 2011). During that time he served on the IATA Board of Governors, including as its Chairman from June 2009 to June 2010.
Tyler, a British national, was born in Egypt in 1955 and graduated from Oxford University in Jurisprudence. He has broad international working experience in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, the Philippines and the United Kingdom. At IATA, he works from both its main offices in Montreal, Canada and Geneva, Switzerland. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.