15-Apr-2013 9:51 AM

IATA announces major restructuring

IATA announced (12-Apr-2013) an organisational restructuring of its main divisions and regional operations, as well as senior management changes to support the new structure. All changes will take effect from 01-Jul-2013. IATA's key guiding principle of the restructuring is the concept of ‘Global Development, Regional Delivery’. Highlights of the changes:

Regions: Regional operations to be consolidated from seven regional structures into five, with hubs in Amman, Beijing, Madrid, Miami and Singapore. IATA has already been amalgamating activities associated with its industry financial systems. Each region continues to be led by a regional VP (RVP), who will report to the IATA director general and CEO, Tony Tyler. Regional re-organisation highlights:

  • North and South America: To be consolidated into an Americas region and based in Miami, led by Peter Cerda who is promoted from regional director for safety, operations and infrastructure for the Americas to RVP for the Americas;
  • Africa and Middle East/North Africa: Combined into one region, known as Africa and Middle East. Hussein Dabbas will lead the region as RVP;
  • Asia-Pacific, North Asia and Europe: Continue in the current structure with regional offices in Singapore, Beijing and Madrid. The RVPs are unchanged, with Maunu Von Lueders, Zhang Baojian and Rafael Schvartzman leading the regions, respectively.


Four externally-focused head office divisions will be re-organised into five:

  • Airports, Passenger and Cargo Services (APCS): Newly created division that will combine IATA’s main activities with respect to airports (including infrastructure development and financing), security, passenger and cargo services. It will be led by Thomas Windmuller, currently senior VP (SVP), member and government relations;
  • Member and External Relations (MER): Assume primary responsibility for IATA’s advocacy activities. It will be led by Paul Steele who is promoted to SVP from his current role of director of aviation environment;
  • Safety and Flight Operations (SFO): Handle all aspects of flying operations (including air traffic management) and safety (including auditing). It will be led by Guenther Matschnigg in a continuation of his current role as SVP of safety operations and infrastructure;
  • Financial and Distribution Services (FDS): Focus on IATA’s financial services (including the settlement systems) and drive the association’s distribution initiatives (including the development of the New Distribution Capability). It will be led by Aleksander Popovich in a continuation of his current role as SVP of industry distribution and financial services;
  • Marketing and Commercial Services (MACS): This division will be the central driver of IATA’s commercial activities which support its many industry initiatives. The division will continue to be led by Mark Hubble, SVP of MACS.

The internal corporate services division remains under the leadership of Ayaz Hussein, IATA CFO. [more - original PR]

IATA: “IATA is changing to deliver even greater value to its members. 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,” Tony Tyler, director general and CEO. Source: IATA, 12-Apr-2013.

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