A meeting of IATA’s Board of Governors on 5 April has unanimously recommended Alexandre de Juniac, Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM, to succeed retiring Director General and CEO, Tony Tyler. With confirmation by the IATA Annual General Meeting to be held 1-3 June 2016 in Dublin, Ireland, de Juniac will take up duties as the head of the association after a short handover period.

Alexandre de Juniac joins IATA from Air France-KLM where he has served as Chairman and CEO since 2013. He has also held positions in French aerospace company, Thales, and in the French government. He served as Deputy Chief of Staff in the cabinet of Nicolas Sarkozy (1993-1995) and as Chief of Staff to then Minister Christine Lagarde (2009-2011) in the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Employment.

“I am honored by the confidence of my industry colleagues and mindful of the heavy responsibilities that the Director General and CEO bears,” said de Juniac. “Tony Tyler has done a great job at the helm of IATA and I am excited to succeed him. IATA has a critical role to play in supporting the success of the aviation industry—leading advocacy, safeguarding the industry’s money, building the standards that underpin global connectivity, and partnering with stakeholders and governments to drive important changes. I look forward to leading IATA as it supports safe, efficient and sustainable global connectivity.”

Tyler noted that de Juniac brings valuable experience from both government and industry. “I can’t think of a better person to lead the IATA team,” he said.