Ma’s remit covers 36 IATA members across the North Asia region, including airlines in Greater China, Mongolia and North Korea.
He succeeds Baojian Zhang, who stepped down in November after 24 years of service at IATA.
“I am passionate about aviation and its potential to assist in the development of North Asia,” said Ma.
“And I am determined to strengthen IATA’s relationship with China and the region’s stakeholders as we focus on ensuring that aviation is safe, secure, efficient and sustainable.”
I am determined to strengthen IATA’s relationship with China and the region’s stakeholders as we focus on ensuring that aviation is safe, secure, efficient and sustainable
Joining from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Ma has served in a number of different positions including most recently as Head of the Airworthiness Certification Center of CAAC.
From 2006 until 2017, Ma also held posts at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) following his appointment as China's Permanent Representative on the organisation's Council.
Based in Beijing, Ma will use his expertise to help guide the strategy and deliver on the main activities of IATA's North Asia operations, such as promoting aviation safety, advocating for the adoption of global standards, and managing financial settlements between airlines and agents.
The North Asia Regional Office is an integral part of IATA’s Global Delivery Center supporting its worldwide financial settlement activity.
Ma will report to Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac as part of the Strategic Leadership Team at IATA.
“We are very excited that Ma Tao will be joining IATA,” de Juniac said. “He brings with him deep knowledge of the aviation industry, China and ICAO. The North Asia region has enormous potential.
“Under Ma’s leadership, IATA can contribute to the region’s success by promoting global standards, efficient regulations, and quality infrastructure.
“China, already the world’s second largest aviation market, looks to the industry to play a key role in its strategic development. The challenge is keeping pace with the phenomenal growth.”