IATA chief economist Brian Pearce is to retire from the airline trade body in July.
Pearce joined IATA in 2004 and also serves on the association’s strategic leadership team.
IATA director general and chief executive Alexandre de Juniac says: “Brian has been an amazing asset for IATA and for the entire industry. His team’s research and analysis have been powerful tools impacting how governments develop policies to realise the economic and social benefits of a successful aviation sector. And he has become the go-to commentator on economic developments in air transport.
”Most notable is his personal contribution to promoting the airline sector’s progressive economic liberalisation, achieving an historic agreement to manage aviation’s climate change impact, and helping the world understand the devastating impact of the Covid-19 crisis on aviation.”
De Juniac is himself stepping down from as head of IATA to be succeeded by former IAG chief executive Willie Walsh in April.