13 DECEMBER 2010
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Tony Tyler, hitherto CEO of Cathay Pacific Airways, is to take over as Director General and CEO, Giovanni Bisignani, the present incumbent, retires in June of next year. The position is always held by a former airline head.
Tyler, 55, has been Chief Executive of Cathay Pacific since 2007. Tyler joined the Swire Group, parent company of Cathay Pacific, in 1977 and has worked with the group in Hong Kong, Australia, the Philippines, Canada, Japan, Italy and the United Kingdom. He is also Chairman of Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd and Director of both John Swire & Sons (HK) Ltd and Swire Pacific Ltd. From June 2009 to June 2010, Tyler served as Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors.
Bisignani has been an effective and popular leader of the airline industry over the last ten years and will be a difficult act to follow. www.iata.org
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