The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced has appointed Ma Tao as its regional vice president (RVP) for North Asia effective from 1 March 2019.
Ma joins IATA from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) where he is currently the head of the Airworthiness Certification Center of CAAC.
Over his more than 30 years in aviation, he has served in a number of positions within the CAAC before being appointed as the Permanent Representative of China to the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
During his tenure at ICAO (2006-2017), Ma held key posts. He will be based at IATA’s North Asia Regional Office in Beijing. The North Asia region comprises Greater China, Mongolia and North Korea, where 36 of IATA’s 290 member airlines are based.
As RVP of North Asia, Ma joins IATA’s strategic leadership team, reporting directly to Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director general and chief executive officer.