Goh Choon Phong succeeds IAG CEO Willie Walsh

Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong has taken over as Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors.

Goh was named as Chairman at the end of the 73rd IATA AGM, which took place in Cancun last week.

He will serve a one-year term, and succeeds Willie Walsh, CEO of International Airlines Group. Walsh will continue to serve on the Board of Governors and the Chair Committee.

Goh is the third CEO of Singapore Airlines to become IATA Chairman

Goh joined Singapore Airlines in 1990 and held senior management roles in Singapore and overseas before being appointed CEO in 2011.

He was President of the 68th IATA AGM, which was held in Singapore in 2011 and has served on the IATA Board of Governors since then.

He is the 76th Chair of the IATA Board of Governors, and the third CEO of Singapore Airlines to hold this position.

Security is at the top of the agenda. We must improve our partnership with governments

“It is an honor to serve as IATA’s Chairman for the coming year,” said Goh.

“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 Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), driving the modernization of cargo processes, and increasing transaction volumes with the New Distribution Capability.”

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