IATA recruits AFRAA director as new Africa vice-president

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IATA has appointed Raphael Kuuchi as vice-president for Africa.

A Ghanaian national and Ghana Airways veteran who spent 15 years with the flag carrier, Kuuchi joins IATA from the African Airline Association (AFRAA), where he has served as director of commercial, corporate and industry affairs, based at Nairobi.

In his new role, he will continue to be based in the Kenyan capital, but will also manage IATA's offices in Dakar, Johannesburg and Lagos.

Kuuchi will lead a team of some 23 professionals, and report to Hussein Dabbas, IATA's vice-president for Africa and the Middle East.

Supporting the efforts of African's commercial aviation sector to attain a world-class safety record by 2015 is "at the top of a very full agenda", says Kuuchi.

He succeeds Mike Higgins, who as been reassigned as the association's regional head of airport, cargo, and passenger services for Europe.