Qantas chief executive and managing director Alan Joyce has taken over as chairman of the Iata board of governors.

He succeeds KLM president and chief executive Peter Hartman, whose one-year term expired at the conclusion of the association’s 68th AGM in Beijing.

Joyce’s term ends with the conclusion of the next AGM, to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, on June 2-4, 2013.

Delta Air Lines chief executive Richard Anderson will serve as chairman from June 2013.

Joyce said: “The top priorities, as always, will be safety, security, and sustainability.

“Aviation delivers enormous economic benefits – supporting some 57 million jobs and $2.2 trillion in economic activity. We need to ensure that governments understand what is at stake when they are making key decisions on taxes, regulation, and capacity expansion.”