Peter Cerdá, based in Miami, leads the regional organization, which advocates the industry’s priorities with government authorities, airports and suppliers to make air transport safer, secure, reliable and as the indispensable network that drives nearly $958 billion in GDP and generates 12.8 million jobs in the Americas Region. His scope of responsibility extends from North to South America with a large local presence in more than 25 countries across the region. He is a member of the Strategic Leadership Team of IATA, which sets the strategic direction for IATA. Cerdá is also IATA’s major shareholder for Cargo Network Services (CNS) and the International Airlines Travel Agent Network(IATAN). Cerdá possesses a wealth of industry experience acquired over 27 years in aviation. He has worked in various functions for IATA and most recently, he served as regional director for safety, operations and infrastructure for the Americas and Atlantic until 2013. Prior to joining IATA in 1996, Cerdá started his aviation career with Iberia.