IATA rethinks organisational structure

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IATA has restructured both its regional operations and its head-office divisions in a bid to "better address the needs of its 240 member airlines".

The association is reducing the number of regional structures from seven to five. North America and South America are being consolidated into an Americas region, based in Miami and led by Peter Cerda, who his being promoted from regional director for safety, operations and infrastructure, Americas. The Africa region will be combined with MENA as one region - Africa and Middle East - based at Amman and led by Hussein Dabbas.

Regional operations for Asia-Pacific, North Asia and Europe will continue to be based in Singapore, Beijing and Madrid, and headed, respectively, by Maunu Von Lueders, Zhang Baojian and Rafael Schvartzman.

The number of "externally-focused" head-office divisions is meanwhile increasing from four to five. These are: the newly-created airports, passenger and cargo services unit, to be led by Thomas Windmuller, promoted from senior vice-president of member and government relations; member and external relations, led by Paul Steele, promoted from director of aviation environment; safety and flight operations, led by Guenther Matschnigg; financial and distribution services, led by Aleksander Popovich; and marketing and commercial services, led by Mark Hubble.

The rejig - which does not involve redundancies or changes to governance processes - follows a strategy review launched by Tony Tyler after he became director general of IATA in July 2011.