The International Air Transport Association has announced Richard Anderson, chief executive of Delta Air Lines, has assumed his duties as chairman of the IATA Board of Governors.
Anderson succeeds Alan Joyce, chief executive of Qantas Airways, whose one-year term expired at the conclusion of the Association’s 69th Annual General Meeting in Cape Town.
Anderson’s appointment is effective immediately and is for one year, ending with the conclusion of IATA’s 70th AGM in Doha, Qatar.
Anderson has spent more than 25 years in aviation.
He was named Delta chief executive in 2007 when he joined the airline from UnitedHealth Group.
He began his aviation career in 1987 at Continental Airlines.
In 1990, he started a 14-year career at Northwest Airlines, where he served as chief executive from 2001 to 2004.
“The airline industry needs a strong voice to address the challenges that we face.
“Under the leadership of director general Tony Tyler, IATA has that voice.
“As I take on the Chairmanship of the IATA Board of Governors, I look forward to working closely with Tony, with colleagues across our industry and with governments to promote the cause of aviation—the vitality of which is essential to the success of global trade and economic growth,” said Anderson.
IATA also announced that the Board of Governors appointed Air Canada President and chief executive Calin Rovinescu to serve as chairman from June 2014 following Anderson’s term.