Goh Choon Phong new IATA chairman

07 / 06 / 2017

  • Goh Choon Phong took on his new role at the close of this year’s IATA AGM

Singapore Airlines chief executive Goh Choon Phong has become the 76th chairman of the IATA board of governors, effective June 6, succeeding International Airlines Group chief executive Willie Walsh in the role.

Goh said: “While the industry’s global profitability may be strengthening, there is more work to be done as it is not evenly spread. Security is at the top of the agenda. We must improve our partnership with governments to meet the many emerging threats.

“Additionally, I will be paying special attention to progressing preparations for the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), driving the modernization of cargo processes, and increasing transaction volumes with the New Distribution Capability. We have a busy year ahead.”

Alexandre de Juniac, IATA director general and chief executive, commented: “Singapore is a rare example of a country where all the dots in aviation have been connected to create a powerful aviation success story. Strong partnerships are also needed at the global level to deliver aviation’s economic and social benefits. Choon Phong’s experience and insight in this area will be invaluable as we address the many issues that confront the industry.”

IATA confirmed that following Goh’s one-year term, Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker will take over next June.