Qatar Airways CEO chairs IATA

SYDNEY, 6 June 2018: Qatar Airways Group’s chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, took over the duties of  chairman of the IATA Board of Governors on Tuesday at the close of the 74th IATA Annual General Meeting in Sydney, Australia.

Al Baker is the 77th chair of the International Air Transport Association BoG and the first CEO from Qatar Airways to hold the position. He succeeds Goh Choon Phong, CEO of Singapore Airlines for the single year term.

Al-Baker was named Qatar Airways’ Group chief executive in 1997 and is credited with spearheaded the growth of Qatar Airways from a small regional carrier into a major global airline.

He was president of the 70th AGM, which was held in Doha in 2014.

IATA 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.

The 2018-2019 IATA Board of Governors:

Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO – AIR CANADA

María José Hidalgo Gutiérrez, CEO – AIR EUROPA

Franck Terner, CEO – AIR FRANCE

Douglas Parker, Chief Executive Officer – AMERICAN AIRLINES

Harry Hohmeister, Chairman – AUSTRIAN AIRLINES

German Efromovich, Chairman – AVIANCA

Rupert Hogg, Chairman and CEO – CATHAY PACIFIC

Liu Shaoyong, Chairman – CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES

Tan Wangeng, President and CEO – CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES

Pedro Heilbron, CEO – COPA AIRLINES

Safwat Musallam, Chairman and CEO – EGYPTAIR

Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO – ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES

David Bronczek, President and CEO – FEDEX CORPORATION

Christine Ourmières-Widener, CEO – FLYBE

Luis Gallego Martin, CEO – IBERIA

Yuji Akasaka, President – JAPAN AIRLINES

Naresh Goyal, Chairman – JET AIRWAYS (INDIA) LTD.


Sebastian Mikosz, Managing Director and CEO – KENYA AIRWAYS

Pieter Elbers, President and CEO – KLM

Yang Ho Cho, Chairman and CEO – KOREAN AIR

Enrique Cueto, CEO – LATAM

Carsten Spohr, Chairman and CEO – LUFTHANSA

Mohamad El-Hout, Chairman/Director General – MIDDLE EAST AIRLINES

Alan Joyce, CEO – QANTAS

Akbar Al Baker, CEO  – QATAR AIRWAYS

Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO – SAS

Saleh Nasser Al Jasser, Director General – SAUDI ARABIAN AIRLINES



Pham Ngoc Minh, Chairman – VIETNAM AIRLINES