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IATA to restructure in July

By control on April 12, 2013

The International Air Transport Association announced Friday an organizational restructuring of its main divisions and regional operations in order to “better address the needs of its 240 member airlines,” IATA said.

To support the new structure, senior management changes were also announced.

All changes will take effect July 1.

“IATA is changing to deliver even greater value to its members,” Tony Tyler, IATA’s director general and CEO, said. “Strengthening our regional structures where we are closest to our members will help us to understand and meet their needs better. We have also regrouped activities that have grown organically over time with the goal of being more intuitive to those we deal with. This will optimize our ability to develop, modernize and deliver the global standards which are the foundation of aviation-enabled global connectivity.”

This restructuring will enable IATA to represent the airline industry without downsizing, the organization said. The changes in divisions and regions do not affect IATA’s governance processes.

IATA’s regional operations will be consolidated from seven regional structures into five. These will be based around the five hubs of Beijing, Madrid, Miami, Singapore and Amman, Jordan.

Each region will continue to be led by a regional vice president, who will report to the director general and CEO.

North and South America will be consolidated into an Americas region and based in Miami. Peter Cerda will lead the region. He is promoted from regional director for safety, operations and infrastructure for the Americas.

Africa and Middle East North Africa will be combined into the Africa and Middle East region. Hussein Dabbas, from IATA’s Amman regional office, will lead the region.

Asia-Pacific, North Asia and Europe will continue their present structure with regional offices in Singapore, Beijing and Madrid. The regional vice presidents leading these regions will continue to be Maunu Von Lueders, Zhang Baojian and Rafael Schvartzman, respectively.

IATA’s four externally-focused head office divisions will be re-organized into five.

First, there is the newly-created Airports, Passenger and Cargo Services division. It will be led by Thomas Windmuller, who is presently senior vice president, member and government relations.

The Member and External Relations division will take primary responsibility for the association’s advocacy activities. It will be led by Paul Steele, who is promoted to senior vice president from his role as director of aviation environment.

The Safety and Flight Operations division will be led by Guenther Matschnigg in a continuation of his role as senior vice president of safety operations and infrastructure.

The Financial and Distribution Services division will be led by Aleksander Popovich in a continuation of his role as senior vice president of industry distribution and financial services.

The Marketing and Commercial Services division will continue to be led by Mark Hubble, senior vice president of MACS.

The internal Corporate Services division remains under the leadership of Ayaz Hussein, IATA’s CFO.