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
Calin Rovinescu President and CEO
María José Hidalgo Gutiérrez CEO
Benjamin Smith CEO
AIR FRANCE/KLM (REPRESENTING AIR FRANCE)
Yuji Hirako President and CEO
ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS
Douglas Parker Chief Executive Officer
Rupert Hogg Chairman and CEO
Liu Shaoyong Chairman
CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES
Wang Changshun Chairman
CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES
Pedro Heilbron CEO
Ahmed Adel Chairman and CEO
Tewolde GebreMariam CEO
Donald F. Colleran President and Chief Executive Officer
Christine Ourmières-Widener CEO
Luis Gallego Martin CEO
Yuji Akasaka President
Robin Hayes President and CEO
Sebastian Mikosz Managing Director and CEO
Walter Cho Chairman and CEO
Enrique Cueto CEO
Carsten Spohr Chairman and CEO
Mohamad El-Hout Chairman/Director General
MIDDLE EAST AIRLINES
Mehmet Tevfik Nane CEO
Alan Joyce CEO
Akbar Al Baker CEO
Rickard Gustafson President and CEO
Saleh Nasser Al Jasser Director General
SAUDI ARABIAN AIRLINES
Goh Choon Phong CEO
Ajay Singh Chairman and Managing Director
Oscar Munoz CEO