The International Air Transport Association has announced that Goh Choon Phong, chief executive of Singapore Airlines, has assumed his duties as chairman of the IATA board of governors.
He will serve a one-year term, effective from the conclusion of the 73rd IATA annual general meeting in Cancun, Mexico.
Goh is the 76th chair of the IATA board, and the third chief of Singapore Airlines to hold this position.
Goh succeeds Willie Walsh, chief executive, International Airlines Group.
Walsh will continue to serve on the board and the chair committee.
“It is an honour to serve as IATA chairman for the coming year.
“While the industry’s global profitability may be strengthening, there is more work to be done as it is not evenly spread.
“Security is at the top of the agenda. We must improve our partnership with governments to meet the many emerging threats.”
Goh joined Singapore Airlines in 1990 and held senior management roles in Singapore and overseas before being appointed chief executive in 2011.
He was president of the 68th IATA AGM which was held in Singapore in 2011 and has served on the IATA board since then.
IATA also announced the board agreed to appoint Akbar Al Baker, chief executive of Qatar Airways, to serve for a one-year term as chairman of the IATA board from June 2018, following Goh’s term.