Cathay Pacific chief executive Tony Tyler looks certain to be the next boss of IATA.
IATA’s board of governors has unanimously selected Tyler to fill the role of chief executive and director general when the current post holder, Giovanni Bisignani retires next year after 10 years in the job.
The board will recommend Tyler’s appointment at its annual general meeting in Cairo in June next year. Tyler will then take up the role on July 1 2011.
David Bronczek, chairman of the IATA governors and chief executive of FedEx, said: “Tony’s knowledge of Asia will help IATA take advantage of opportunities in the industry’s largest market. We are absolutely confident that Tony is the right person to take the association to even greater heights.”