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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 has partnered with Airports Council International on airport Smart Security. The vision is to improve security effectiveness and convenience 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.
Tyler has announced he will retire from IATA in June 2016 at the expiration of his five-year term. 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.
Alexandre de Juniac Chairman and CEO, Air France-KLM
Director General and CEO Designate, IATA
Alexandre de Juniac was confirmed by the 72nd IATA Annual General Meeting to take on the role of the Association’s seventh Director General and CEO from 1 September 2016. De Juniac has almost three decades of experience in both the private and public sectors. This includes senior positions in the airline and aerospace industries and the French government.
De Juniac is currently the Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM. He has held this position since 2013 and will end these duties on 27 July 2016. Prior to that he served as Chairman and CEO of Air France (2011-2013). Under de Juniac’s leadership Air France and Air France-KLM underwent a successful restructuring that improved efficiency and strengthened performance. He also serves on the IATA Board of Governors (2013-27 July 2016).
De Juniac has broad aviation sector experience, including 14 years at French aerospace, space, defense, security and transportation company Thales, and its predecessor companies Thompson-CSF and Thompson SA (1995-2009). In his last position at Thales, de Juniac was responsible for the company’s operations and sales in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
De Juniac has also held positions in the French government. His career began with the Conseil d’Etat (State Council) from 1988 to 1993. Subsequently, he served in the Department of Budget (1993-1995); and in the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Employment as Chief of Staff to then Minister Christine Lagarde (2009-2011).
A French citizen, de Juniac was born in 1962. He is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique de Paris and Ecole Nationale de l’Administration. At IATA he will work from both the association’s main offices in Montreal, Canada and Geneva, Switzerland.
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