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Carsten Spohr New IATA Board Chairman

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Press Release No.: 35

Date:2 June 2019

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Seoul – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Lufthansa Group Chief Executive Officer, Carsten Spohr, has assumed his duties as Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors (BoG) for a one-year term effective from the conclusion of the 75th IATA Annual General Meeting in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Spohr is the 78th chair of the IATA BoG. He has served on the BoG since May 2014.

Spohr succeeds Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, who will continue to serve on the BoG.

“I’m honored and excited to take on this role at this important time for our industry. We face a number of challenges, including growing protectionism, high taxes and trade wars. Probably the greatest challenge of all is sustainability. The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) is a major achievement that will stabilize our carbon emissions from 2020. Now we must map out the path to achieving our much more ambitious 2050 goal — to cut net emissions to half 2005 levels. Aviation is serious about its climate change commitments. And we will be pushing hard for governments to do their part by sorting air traffic management inefficiencies and laying the policy framework for the commercialization of sustainable aviation fuels,” said Spohr.

Spohr has been Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG since 1 May 2014. In this role, he manages the Lufthansa Group comprising the business segments Network Airlines, Eurowings and Aviation Services, with around 135,000 employees worldwide. Spohr began his aviation career after receiving a graduate degree in business engineering at the University of Karlsruhe and holds an A320 family captain’s license.

“I look forward to working with Carsten as Chair of the IATA Board of Governors. As we continually seek to broaden the IATA membership, his experience within the Lufthansa Group will be particularly valuable. I also want to thank Akbar Al Baker for his strong leadership and support as Chairman over the last year. Under his leadership, IATA has made progress on a number of IATA initiatives including New Distribution Capability, One ID and digital transformation. Akbar also encouraged our gender diversity initiatives, leading to the creation of the association’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards to recognize those companies and individuals who are leading in this effort,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

IATA also announced that JetBlue Airways President and CEO Robin Hayes will serve as Chairman of the BoG from June 2020, following Spohr’s term.

The full list of the 2019-2020 IATA Board of Governors is as follows: ​


Vitaly Saveliev
 Director General and CEO
AEROFLOT


Calin Rovinescu
President and CEO
AIR CANADA


María José Hidalgo Gutiérrez
CEO
AIR EUROPA


Benjamin Smith
CEO
AIR FRANCE/KLM (REPRESENTING AIR FRANCE)


Yuji Hirako
President and CEO
ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS


Douglas Parker
Chief Executive Officer
AMERICAN AIRLINES


Rupert Hogg
Chairman and CEO
CATHAY PACIFIC


Liu Shaoyong
Chairman
CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES


Wang Changshun
Chairman
CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES


Pedro Heilbron
CEO
COPA AIRLINES


Ahmed Adel
Chairman and CEO
EGYPTAIR


Tewolde GebreMariam
CEO
ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES


Donald F. Colleran
President and Chief Executive Officer
FEDEX EXPRESS


Christine Ourmières-Widener
CEO
FLYBE


Luis Gallego Martin
CEO
IBERIA


Yuji Akasaka
President
JAPAN AIRLINES


Robin Hayes
President and CEO
JETBLUE AIRWAYS


Sebastian Mikosz
Managing Director and CEO
KENYA AIRWAYS


Walter Cho
Chairman and CEO
KOREAN AIR


Enrique Cueto
CEO
LATAM


Carsten Spohr
Chairman and CEO
LUFTHANSA


Mohamad El-Hout
Chairman/Director General
MIDDLE EAST AIRLINES


Mehmet Tevfik Nane
CEO
PEGASUS AIRLINES


Alan Joyce
CEO
QANTAS


Akbar Al Baker
CEO
QATAR AIRWAYS


Rickard Gustafson
President and CEO
SAS


Saleh Nasser Al Jasser
Director General
SAUDI ARABIAN AIRLINES


Goh Choon Phong
CEO
SINGAPORE AIRLINES


Ajay Singh
Chairman and Managing Director
SPICEJET


Oscar Munoz
CEO
UNITED AIRLINES


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Notes for editors:

  • IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents some 290 airlines comprising 82% of global air traffic.
  • You can follow us at https://twitter.com/iata for announcements, policy positions, and other useful industry information.


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