FedEx’s Bronczek is New IATA Chairman
KLM’s Hartman to
Follow in 2011
Berlin - The International Air Transport Association
(IATA) announced that FedEx Express President and CEO David Bronczek
started a one-year term as the Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors.
Bronczek succeeds Tony Tyler, CEO of Cathay Pacific Airways, who served
as Chairman from June 2009.
Bronczek takes on the IATA Chairman duties as the air
transport industry rebuilds in the aftermath of the global financial
crisis. “IATA has a crucial role to play. Along with improving safety and
effectively managing the industry’s settlement systems, IATA must play a
role in laying the foundation for sustainable profitability. We must
further reduce costs and improve efficiencies. And we need to continue
to lead the industry on climate change. I look forward to supporting the
immediate challenge of getting a globally inclusive solution for aviation
on climate change at COP-16 and to helping Giovanni define longer-term
goals. These are my priorities,” said Bronczek.
A 34-year veteran of the cargo and air transport industry,
Bronczek has been FedEx Express CEO since 2000. FedEx is the world’s
largest express transportation company and Bronczek also serves on the
strategic management committee for FedEx Corp. “I will also bring a cargo
perspective to my duties as chairman. I will place a special emphasis on
IATA’s two flagship cargo programs of Cargo 2000 and Simplifying the
Business. We must improve quality through the Cargo 2000 program and
focus our efforts on achieving the cost savings that IATA e-freight can
deliver to the cargo value chain as part of Simplifying the Business,”
Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO said,
"First, we must thank Tony Tyler for a job well done. His leadership
over the past year helped us navigate through one of the most challenging
years in aviation history. On top of dealing with the financial crises,
under Tony’s leadership IATA was also able to achieve an industry-wide
consensus on concrete targets on climate change. And Tony played an
instrumental role in developing our industry’s united strategy and
targets on climate change. I look forward to working closely with David
in the coming year to meet our growing challenges with continued strong
industry leadership as we approach COP-16,” said Bisignani.
IATA also announced that the Board of Governors agreed to
appoint Peter Hartman, CEO of KLM, to serve as Chairman following
Bronczek’s term. The announcements were made as the 66th IATA Annual General
Meeting and World Air Transport Summit concluded in Berlin today. The 600
industry leaders gathered for the event discussed the industry's most
important issues, with executive briefing sessions on the environment and
ways to manage through the crisis.
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