Hussein Dabbas will become IATA's regional vice-president for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) after stepping down as chief executive of Royal Jordanian Airlines.
The airline boss submitted his resignation to the board of the Jordanian flag carrier last week, bringing to an end more than three decades with the company. He will take up his new post with IATA on 1 June 2012.
"I am excited to be joining IATA and look forward to contributing to the development of aviation in the MENA region," Dabbas says in a press release.
"In the Middle East alone, the aviation sector currently supports 2.7 million jobs and $129 billion in economic activity. I look forward to leading IATA's efforts regionally to ensure that aviation can continue be an economic catalyst by growing safely, securely and sustainably."
Royal Jordanian has in recent years lost market share to larger regional competitors based in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Its board has yet to announce a replacement for Dabbas.