MIAMI – Alexandre de Juniac has become the new director general of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), succeeding Tony Tyler, who announced his retirement in August 2015.

He was ratified by the 72nd Annual General Meeting of the Association, held last June in Dublin. According to the association, the new director general “brings diverse experience to the association, including leadership roles in the airline and aerospace sectors as well as in government.”

“I am excited to be taking on this great responsibility. IATA plays a critical role in facilitating safe, efficient and sustainable global air transport. Tony Tyler has raised the bar through his achievements over the last five years. With the guidance of our Board and the support of our membership, my aim is to ensure that IATA continues to deliver the value that our members and partners rely upon,” de Juniac said in a statement.

Before his new role, de Juniac served as Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM (2013-2016) and prior to that as Chairman and CEO of Air France (2011-2013).

De Juniac emphasized the need for industry stakeholders, especially governments, to recognize the value that aviation creates. “Our industry is in the business of freedom. We help people to explore the planet, to do business globally, to bridge cultures with friendships and understanding, and to enjoy better lives through the prosperity that connectivity creates. Aviation changes our world for the better. And as the industry’s global advocate, my mission is to rally our partners to ensure that nothing impedes the business of freedom,” said de Juniac.