Air France-KLM chief to head IATA

De Juniac to move to Geneva by August 1
In a surprise move, Air France-KLM’s chief executive, Alexandre de Juniac, is stepping down to take the helm at aviation trade body the International Air Transport Association.
A successor at the airline has yet been appointed for de Juniac, bringing some uncertainty into the company as its years of restructuring continue. De Juniac, who had only been given a new four-year mandate by the airline’s shareholders last May, will take up his new post in Geneva by August 1, taking over from Tony Tyler.
“There are no names lined up so far,” a spokeswoman for the airline said. “There will be a process to identify the best person to take over the direction of Air France-KLM.”
De Juniac, 53, joined Air France in 2011. Naming a successor will be a politically sensitive task for France’s Socialist government following the carrier’s recent clashes with unions.