Willie Walsh has formally taken on the position of director common of the Worldwide Air Transport Affiliation.
He succeeds Alexandre de Juniac.
The previous chief govt of Worldwide Airways Group (IAG) mentioned: “I’m enthusiastic about our trade and in regards to the important work that IATA does on behalf of its members, by no means extra so than throughout the Covid-19 disaster.
“IATA has been on the forefront of efforts to restart world connectivity, together with creating the IATA Journey Cross.
“Much less seen however of equal significance, airways proceed to depend on IATA’s monetary settlement methods, Timatic and different important providers to help their day-to-day operations.
“I’m grateful to Alexandre for forsaking a robust organisation and a motivated crew.
“Collectively, the IATA crew is completely targeted on restoring the liberty of motion that airways present to billions of individuals world wide.
“Meaning your freedom to go to family and friends, to satisfy important enterprise companions, to safe and retain important contracts, and to discover our great planet,” mentioned Walsh.
Walsh was confirmed as IATA’s eighth director common by the 76th annual common assembly in November.
He joins IATA after a 40-year profession within the airline trade.
Walsh retired from the IAG in September after serving as its chief govt since its inception in 2011.
Previous to that he was chief govt of British Airways (2005-2011) and chief govt of Aer Lingus (2001-2005)
He started his profession in aviation at Aer Lingus in 1979 as a cadet pilot.
Walsh is deeply aware of IATA, having served on the IATA board of governors for nearly 13 years between 2005 to 2018, together with serving as chair (2016-2017).
He’ll work from the affiliation’s govt workplace in Geneva, Switzerland.