The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has appointed Frederic Leger senior vice president for commercial products and services.

Leger has served in the role on an interim basis since July 2021, when IATA’s commercial products and services division was created as part of an internal restructuring. He reports to Willie Walsh, IATA’s director general.

Leger, who has held the concurrent position of president of IATA’s Cargo Network Services in the US since May 2021, joined the organisation in 2005 as head of e-Invoicing Services. Since then, he has held various roles at the association, focusing on IATA’s commercial products and services and cargo. Most recently he oversaw the commercial performance of products and services connected with IATA’s work in airport, passenger, cargo and security activities. 

“IATA’s commercial products and services are vital. First and foremost, they support efficient global connectivity. This includes essential offerings such as the IATA Travel Pass and Timatic which, together, provide critical support for efficient checking of health credentials and entry requirements.

“The commercial success of IATA’s products and services enables the association to deliver critical activities on which the global air transport industry relies. Examples include standards setting to enable safe and efficient operations, and advocacy to help the industry achieve net zero carbon emissions. Frederic has taken on a huge responsibility and I have every confidence in his success,” said Walsh.

Prior to IATA, Geneva-based French national Leger worked for Cap Gemini and bioMerieux.