Baojian Zhang has overseen huge growth in internal and external IATA operations during his tenure.

Baojian Zhang

The International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Regional Vice President (RVP) for North Asia has announced his retirement.

Baojian Zhang will leave his post on 14 December after 24 years at the organization. 

Zhang joined IATA from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in 1994 and founded IATA’s operations in China. 

Under Zhang’s strong leadership, IATA membership in North Asia has grown to 36 airlines with China having the largest concentration of IATA member airlines of any country. 

Zhang's achievements are impressive as is the well-established and strong team that he leaves behind

Over the last 24 years IATA’s China team grew from three to exceed 130 today. And IATA’s BSP in China is the largest in the world, recording nearly 190 million transactions in 2017.

Conrad Clifford, IATA’s RVP for Asia Pacific will lead IATA’s efforts in North Asia alongside his current role until a permanent successor is named.

“I thank Baojian for his 24 years of extraordinary service to IATA and to the airline industry,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

“His achievements are impressive as is the well-established and strong team that he leaves behind. The whole of IATA joins me in wishing Baojian all the very best in his well-deserved retirement.”

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