Giovanni Bisignani, who arrived as IATA director general last June, has made the first changes to his management team as he seeks to make the association more businesslike and market-focused.

Kevin Dobby, senior vice-president, member and government relations, has been appointed to the position of senior vice-president and corporate secretary. In his new role, he will be responsible for managing the affairs of the board of governors, the International Airline Training Fund and appointments to IATA subsidiaries and joint ventures.

Thomas Windmuller, presently senior director in Bisignani's office, will replace Dobby where he will be responsible for industry strategy and managing IATA's relations with its member airlines, governments and other segments of the aviation industry.

Bisignani also announced that Louise Roy, IATA's senior vice-president, marketing and commercial services, will leave IATA at the end of the year. Robert Hutt, IATA's senior vice-president and chief financial officer, will succeed Roy on an interim basis while IATA recruits a permanent successor.

"It is a time of great challenge in the industry and IATA must provide a strong leadership role as the airlines' trade association," says Bisignani. "With these changes, I am confident that we are beginning to put together the management team needed to assume this role."


Source: Airline Business