The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, has assumed the duties of Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors (BoG) for a one-year term. Al Baker is the 77th Chair of the IATA BoG and the first CEO from Qatar Airways to hold the position. He has served on the BoG since 2012 and succeeds Goh Choon Phong, CEO of Singapore Airlines.
Al Baker was named Qatar Airways' Group Chief Executive in 1997. He was also the President of the 70th AGM which was held in Doha in 2014.