The International Air Transport Association has revealed leadership changes at the conclusion of the organisation’s 72nd annual general meeting in Dublin, Ireland.
Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group succeeds Andres Conesa, chief executive of Aeromexico, as chairman of the IATA Board of Governors.
Walsh, who represents British Airways on the IATA board, takes up his duties immediately for a one-year term until the conclusion of IATA’s 73rd AGM.
Alexandre de Juniac, chairman of Air France-KLM, has also been confirmed to succeed Tony Tyler as IATA director general.
His appointment is effective from September 1st, 2016.
Walsh is the 75th chair of the IATA board and the sixth to fulfil that function while representing BA or its predecessor airlines.
He has served on the IATA board continuously since 2005.
“I’m honoured to serve in this important role at such a critical time.
“Our top priority is getting governments’ agreement on a global market-based measure to manage aviation’s carbon emissions at the 39th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation later this year.
“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity which is vital if our industry is to achieve carbon-neutral growth from 2020,” said Walsh.
Walsh also noted a broader IATA agenda with governments.
“Too often government policies limit aviation’s ability to be a catalyst for economic growth and development.
“Excessive taxes rob our industry of its vitality while costly and ineffective infrastructure constrains our ability to support rising demand for connectivity.
“Regulation often comes with negative consequences for both passengers and airlines.
“I look forward to supporting Alexandre de Juniac as he takes the reins at IATA.
“Together we will ensure that IATA has an even stronger voice of leadership on these issues.” said Walsh.