Air New Zealand General Counsel and Company Secretary Karen Clayton will join the organization in April 2019.

Karen Clayton

Karen Clayton has been appointed as the new Corporate Secretary of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Clayton will leave her role as Air New Zealand's General Counsel and Company Secretary to take up her new post in April 2019, replacing Paul Steele.

Steele will continue to focus on strengthening IATA’s advocacy activities as Senior Vice President for Member and External Relations, a role he has held jointly with Corporate Secretary.

“Karen brings with her a wealth of experience that will ensure the continued effective management of IATA’s governance processes," said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO. 

"Moreover, her industry expertise, leadership on diversity and inclusion, and strategic boardroom experience will contribute to IATA’s overall success in fulfilling its mission to represent, lead and serve the global airline industry."

Karen's wealth of experience, industry expertise, leadership on diversity and inclusion, and strategic boardroom experience will contribute to IATA’s mission to represent, lead and serve the global airline industry

As Corporate Secretary, Clayton will ensure the integrity of IATA’s governance framework, including management of the Association’s Board of Governors and its various committees. The IATA Board of Governors is elected by the Association’s 290-strong membership and consists of CEOs from 31 airlines and IATA’s Director General and CEO.  

As a member of IATA’s Strategic Leadership Team, Karen will also support the Director General and CEO with advice and input on IATA’s strategic plans and industry initiatives. 

“In my time at Air New Zealand, I have experienced the importance of IATA’s global standards in driving innovation and making international air connectivity possible," Clayton said. 

"By joining the IATA team next year I look forward to contributing to the value that IATA creates and supporting the needs of its members."

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