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MIAMI — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that its General Director and CEO, Tony Tyler, will retire in June 2016 after being at the helm of the Association for five years.

“After five years as Director General and CEO of IATA, I believe it will be time for me to retire and leave the organization. It is a great privilege and responsibility to lead IATA, and I am proud of what the IATA team is achieving during my term of office. I greatly appreciate the support I receive from the Board of Governors and the membership at large, and from my colleagues. I remain fully committed to leading IATA until my successor is appointed in June next year,” said Tyler.

The next IATA Annual General Meeting will take place in Dublin in June 2016, when a new successor for Tyler will be appointed. “In the meantime the Board will continue to guide and support Tony and his team in their mission to deliver a safe, efficient and sustainable airline industry,” said Mr. Andrés Conesa, Chief Executive Officer of Aeroméxico and Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors since June this year.

Before assuming the role of IATA CEO in 2011, Tyler built his career at Hong Kong-based John Swire & Sons beginning in 1997, moving over to the group’s Cathay Pacific Airways. He rose to become chief executive in 2007. During his time at Cathay, he served on IATA’s Board of Governors, including as its chairman between 2009 and 2010.

“Flying Better, Together”

During his period, Tyler has promoted the enhancement of aircraft tracking performance after the Air France flight AF447 and Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 tragedies, by applying the best practices in coordination with ICAO, industry and member airlines. Also, he has sought government support for sharing security information for risk assessments in light of the events around Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, and overall the promotion of smart legislation that favors not only air transport connectivity but the improvement of air transport infrastructure in fast-growing markets such as Latin America and Africa.