(November 16, 2021)
IATA has appointed Marie Owens Thomsen as Chief Economist, effective January 4, 2022.

Marie will join IATA after working at Banque Lombard Odier where she was responsible for global trends and sustainability since 2020.

Marie Owens Thomsen

Previously, Marie worked from 2011 to 2020 as Global Head of Investment Intelligence at Indosuez Wealth Management.

Marie has also worked as Chief Economist, and in other similar roles, for Merrill Lynch, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and HSBC.

“I am joining IATA to contribute to the aviation sector which has been a tremendous engine of long-term economic growth,” said Marie. “I’m going to do this with a research approach that identifies causal factors for critical problems and their high priority solutions. This is important as aviation begins to recover from COVID19 and continues on its way to net zero emissions. I look forward to a future where aviation can thrive in a sustainable global economy. “

Marie holds a doctorate in international economics from the Graduate Institute of Geneva and an MBA equivalent from Gothenburg University in economics and international affairs.

Of American, British and Swiss nationality, Marie has worked in the United Kingdom, France and Switzerland and is fluent in Swedish, English and French.

Marie succeeds Brian Pearce who retired from IATA earlier this year after serving as Chief Economist since 2004.

“Marie’s work on macroeconomic issues with a focus on sustainability will prepare her to tackle key aviation issues, namely COVID19 recovery and sustainability,” said Willie Walsh, Managing Director of IATA. “Coming from outside the aviation industry, she will bring valuable new insights and perspectives, and I have no doubts that she will perpetuate IATA’s reputation for objective reporting and analysis which is essential to explain aviation’s contribution to the global economy and championing airline policies. need to succeed.


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