IATA: Alexandre de Juniac Out, Willie Walsh In, As Director General
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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that Willie Walsh has officially taken on the role of Director General of IATA. Walsh succeeds Alexandre de Juniac.
“I am passionate about our industry and about the critical work that IATA does on behalf of its members, never more so than during the COVID-19 crisis. IATA has been at the forefront of efforts to restart global connectivity, including developing the IATA Travel Pass. Less visible but of equal importance, airlines continue to rely on IATA’s financial settlement systems, Timatic and other vital services to support their day-to-day operations. I am grateful to Alexandre for leaving behind a strong organisation and a motivated team. Together, the IATA team is absolutely focused on restoring the freedom of movement that airlines provide to billions of people around the world. That means your freedom to visit friends and family, to meet critical business partners, to secure and retain vital contracts, and to explore our wonderful planet,” Walsh said.
Walsh retired from the International Airlines Group (IAG) in September 2020 after serving as its CEO since its inception in 2011. Prior to that he was CEO of British Airways (2005-2011) and CEO of Aer Lingus (2001-2005). He began his career in aviation at Aer Lingus in 1979 as a cadet pilot.
He is deeply familiar with IATA having served on the IATA Board of Governors for almost 13 years, between 2005 and 2018. Walsh will work from the association’s Executive Office in Geneva, Switzerland.
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