The world’s major aviation trade association, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Sebastian Mikosz will join IATA as the association’s senior vice president for Member and External Relations, effective 1 June 2020.
Most recently, Mikosz was group managing director and CEO of Kenya Airways (2017-2019), during which time he served on the IATA board of governors. Prior to that he was the CEO of LOT Polish Airlines (2009-2011 and 2013-2015) and the CEO of Poland’s largest online travel agency, the eSKY Group (2015-2017).
At IATA, Mikosz will lead the organisation’s global advocacy activities and aero-political policy development, along with managing the association’s strategic relationships. This includes IATA’s 290 member airlines as well as governments, international organisations and stakeholders in both the private and public sectors. Mikosz will report to the director general and CEO and join the association’s strategic leadership team. He replaces Paul Steele, who retired from IATA in October 2019. Brian Pearce, IATA’s chief economist has been handling the duties of this post on an ad interim basis since then.
A Polish national, Mikosz is a graduate of the Institute of Political Studies in France with a Master’s Degree in Economics and Finance. In addition to his airline experience, Mikosz’s career includes the positions of vice president at the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency, senior advisor at Société Générale Corporate Investment Bank, managing director of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Poland and founder of the online brokerage house Fast Trade.
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