He took up the role at oneworld’s mid-year Board meeting, held in Cancun, where airline industry leaders from around the world are gathering for the IATA annual meeting which opens tomorrow.

He succeeds Ivan Chu, who has moved on from his role as Chief Executive of Cathay Pacific Airways to become Chairman of John Swire & Sons (China) Limited, after leading the alliance for two years. His successor as Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer, Rupert Hogg, has also taken his position on the oneworld Governing Board.