Tyler to leave Cathay for IATAÆs top post
Cathay Pacific Airways on Friday said Chief Executive Tony Tyler will leave the airline after being recommended to succeed Giovanni Bisignani as director general and chief executive of the International Air Transport Association.
Bisignani will retire from IATA next year. Tyler will leave Cathay on March 31.
Tyler joined John Swire & Sons in 1977 and moved to Cathay Pacific in 1978. He became CEO of the airline in July 2007. He is also chairman of Hong Kong-based Dragon Airlines Ltd. and director of John Swire & Sons (HK) Ltd. and Swire Pacific Ltd. He is an IATA board member and has served as its chairman for a one-year period from June 2009.
IATA represents 230 airlines from 118 countries. 'IATA's mission is to lead, represent and serve those airlines, and that is what I am firmly committed to do when I take up my new role,' Tyler said in a statement.
At Cathay, Tyler will be succeeded by Chief Operating Officer John Slosar. A successor to Slosar will be announced soon, the airline said.