IATA has confirmed that Cathay Pacific chief executive Tony Tyler has been nominated by its board of governers to succeed Giovanni Bisignani as director general and chief executive of the airline association (FULL ANNOUNCEMENT HERE). Tyler's appointment will be formalised at IATA' annual general meeting next June in Cairo and he will begin his duties at the start of July.
Tyler has been chief executive of Cathay Pacific since 2007, having first joined the carrier's parent company the Swire Group in 1977.
He will become IATA's sixth director general and chief executive since the association was formed in 1945 and takes over a much changed organisation since Bisignani beefed up IATA's role on taking the helm in 2002. The Italian announced he was stepping down at this year's IATA agm in Berlin and marked it by unveiling his ambitious Vision 2050 strategy (READ MORE DETAILS HERE)
Both the outgoing Bisignani and the incoming Tyler were among the 25 influential industry figures who contributed personal reflections on the past quarter century and the challenges ahead for the industry as part of this month's Airline Business 25th anniversary issue.
For more about Tony Tyler you can also read this wide-ranging interview from April 2009 he gave to Julian Gairdner about his life, his career and his rise at the Hong Kong-based airline.
For all 25 anniversary leader perspectives, other industry contributions and our interactive timeline of the ups and downs of the past 25 years for the airline industry. visit our 25th ANNIVERSARY HOMEPAGE