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The International Air Transport Association's board of governors on Tuesday unanimously recommended Air France-KLM chairman and CEO
Alexandre de Juniac to become the association's next director general and CEO,
replacing the retiring Tony Tyler. De Juniac's confirmation is expected at
IATA's annual general meeting in early June. He would "take up
duties as the head of the association after a short handover period."
Air France-KLM, meanwhile, indicated on Tuesday it had
retained an "international recruitment consultancy" to help identify
de Juniac's successor as CEO by Aug. 1 "at the latest." De Juniac in
a statement said he would "continue to fulfill my responsibilities until I
hand over to my successor at the end of July."
De Juniac since 2011 has served as CEO of Air France and
since 2013 as CEO of Air France-KLM. IATA in a statement cited his "broad
experience in aviation and government" for his selection.