Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has been appointed chairman of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Board of Governors, according to the Shipping Gazette.
Mr Joyce's immediate appointment to run for one year was announced at IATA's 68th annual general meeting and World Air Transport Summit in Beijing.
Succeeding Peter Hartman, president and CEO of KLM, Mr Joyce pledged to be a strong advocate for the industry, maintaining IATA's top priorities of safety, security and sustainability.
"We need to ensure that governments understand what is at stake when they are making key decisions on taxes, regulation and capacity expansion," he said.
In his 24 years in aviation, Mr Joyce has held executive post at Qantas, Ansett, Aer Lingus and Jetstar and is the third Qantas CEO to serve as chairman.
IATA chief executive Tony Tyler, the former Cathay Pacific CEO, said: "I'm confident that Alan is the right person to lead IATA's board of governors as the association strives to deliver even greater value to our members."