IATA CEO and director general Tony Tyler will retire in June 2016 after serving five years in the position.

Tyler’s retirement was announced Aug. 28 and the search for his successor has begun.

“After five years as director general and chief executive officer of IATA, I believe it will be time for me to retire and leave the organization.It is a great privilege and responsibility to lead IATA, and I am proud of what the IATA team is achieving during my term of office.I greatly appreciate the support I receive from the board of governors and the membership at large, and from my colleagues. I remain fully committed to leading IATA until my successor is appointed in June next year,” Tyler said in a statement.

IATA board of governors’ chairman and AeroMexico CEO Andrés Conesa said Tyler was “a very effective leader, who is achieving much in his role as director general and chief executive officer. I regret that he will be leaving the Association, but respect his decision to retire next year after a long and successful career in aviation.”

Conesa said that the search will now start for a successor to be appointed at the next IATA AGM in Dublin in June 2016.

Before joining IATA in 2011, Tyler was CEO at Cathay Pacific Airways, from where he also served as IATA chairman from June 2009 to June 2010.He succeeded Giovanni Bisignani as IATA DG.

Tyler has proved a popular and highly-respected leader, both within the IATA airline membership and among the many industries, agencies and government bodies with which IATA works.

A passionate believer that airlines and aviation are a force for good in the world, he has championed many issues and initiatives, including passenger rights legislation that is fair and reasonable on airlines; smarter, more efficient and less-obtrusive security screening processes; global, equitable eco-aviation standards; and a new framework – New Distribution Capability -- to enable modern distribution system practices.

He has also overseen a major internal restructuring of IATA to improve the association’s organizational effectiveness.

But Tyler’s work and travel schedule is also grueling. He told staff that he while he enjoyed working with everyone in “this great organization”, he had decided that “five years will be long enough for a lifestyle which is demanding in terms of both time and travel”.

He added to ATW, “I’ll always love the airline business, but after nearly 40 years in it from next June I’ll be loving it from a distance!”