Akbar Al Baker new IATA Board Chairman
For a one year term
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, has assumed his duties as Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors (BoG) for a one-year term effective from the conclusion of the "74th IATA Annual General Meeting" in Sydney, Australia. Al Baker is the 77th chair of the IATA BoG and the first CEO from Qatar Airways to hold the position. He has served on the BoG since 2012. He succeeds Goh Choon Phong, CEO of Singapore Airlines (SIA).
Al-Baker was named Qatar Airways’ Group Chief Executive in 1997. In this position he has spearheaded the growth of Qatar Airways from a small regional carrier into a major global. He was president of the 70th "AGM" which was held in Doha in 2014.
The Association also announced that Carsten Spohr, Chairman and CEO of Lufthansa, will serve as Chairman of the BoG from June 2019, following Al Baker’s term.
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