Carsten Spohr new IATA Board Chairman

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SEOUL, June 4, 2019 – 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 SavelievDirector General and CEO
AEROFLOT
Calin RovinescuPresident and CEO
AIR CANADA
María José Hidalgo GutiérrezCEO
AIR EUROPA
Benjamin SmithCEO 
AIR FRANCE/KLM (REPRESENTING AIR FRANCE)
Yuji HirakoPresident and CEO
ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS
Douglas ParkerChief Executive Officer 
AMERICAN AIRLINES
Rupert HoggChairman and CEO
CATHAY PACIFIC
Liu Shaoyong Chairman 
CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES
Wang ChangshunChairman
CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES
Pedro HeilbronCEO
COPA AIRLINES
Ahmed AdelChairman and CEO 
EGYPTAIR
Tewolde GebreMariamCEO
ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES
Donald F. ColleranPresident and Chief Executive Officer
FEDEX EXPRESS
Christine Ourmières-WidenerCEO
FLYBE
Luis Gallego MartinCEO
IBERIA
Yuji AkasakaPresident 
JAPAN AIRLINES
Robin HayesPresident and CEO 
JETBLUE AIRWAYS
Sebastian MikoszManaging Director and CEO
KENYA AIRWAYS
Walter ChoChairman and CEO
KOREAN AIR
Enrique CuetoCEO
LATAM
Carsten SpohrChairman and CEO 
LUFTHANSA
Mohamad El-HoutChairman/Director General
MIDDLE EAST AIRLINES
Mehmet Tevfik Nane
 
CEO
PEGASUS AIRLINES
Alan JoyceCEO
QANTAS
Akbar Al BakerCEO
QATAR AIRWAYS
Rickard GustafsonPresident and CEO 
SAS
Saleh Nasser Al JasserDirector General 
SAUDI ARABIAN AIRLINES
Goh Choon Phong CEO
SINGAPORE AIRLINES
Ajay SinghChairman and Managing Director
SPICEJET
Oscar MunozCEO
UNITED AIRLINES

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Corporate Communications
Tel: +41 22 770 2967
Email: corpcomms@iata.org

Notes for Editors:

IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents some 290 airlines comprising 82% of global air traffic.

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