Tony Tyler announces retirement from IATA

Th e International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that its director general and CEO, Tony Tyler, will retire in June 2016 after serving fi ve years in the position.

Before joining IATA in 2011, Tyler was chief executive of Cathay Pacifi c Airways in Hong Kong, in which capacity he also served on the IATA Board of Governors including as its chairman from June 2009 to June 2010.

Industry sources speaking to Payload Asia have noted that the IATA stipulation that the DG/CEO role can only be fi lled by a CEO-level executive – current or past – from the airline industry severely restricts the pool of potential candidates.

Among the potential candidates tipped to be forerunners for the top position at IATA, according to the source, include the frequently controversial Michael O’Leary, currently CEO of Dublin-based low cost carrier Ryanair.