The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Flybe CEO Christine Ourmières-Widener has been appointed to its Board of Governors. She is the only woman on the 31-member body which heads the influential trade association that represents some 290 airlines, equating to 82% of the world’s total air traffic.
Ms Ourmières-Widener is a former Vice-President and current Board member at the European Regions Airline Association (ERA). She was initially elected to the IATA Board of Governors in an interim move in April 2017 when Fernando Pinto, CEO of TAP, stood down.
She started as an engineer in Air France in 1988 before progressing in the company to become the airline’s UK and Ireland General Manager and ultimately a Vice President based in New York. After leaving Air France she was appointed Chief Executive of CityJet between 2010 and 2015. Between 2015 and 2017 she worked as Chief Global Sales Officer for American Express Global Business Travel.
Christine was appointed as the CEO of Flybe in January 2017 to lead the airline through a turnaround following several years of low profitability at the airline. She remains one of the few female airline CEOs in the industry and is a huge advocate for encouraging women to work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) roles as well as senior corporate roles.