Exclusive - John Johnston Exits CHAMP

Chief Executive Officer John Johnston of IT manager CHAMP Cargosystems is stepping down from his post, leaving the company in the beginning of 2015.

John Johnston has quit his job at CHAMP  /  company courtesy
John Johnston has quit his job at CHAMP / company courtesy

An era ends. In early 2015 John Johnston, long-time helmsman of Luxembourg-based CHAMP Cargosystems will leave the global supply chain communication manager. This, CargoForwarder was told today (18 December) by reliable Luxembourg sources. Reasons for the UK-born executive’s intended step were not available. He will remain on board until a successor has been contracted. Who this might be, one of the CHAMP Board members or an expert coming from outside, is subject of speculation.
Under Johnston’s 10 year spanning leadership CHAMP has become the world leading IT service provider for the cargo industry. Lately however, it came to the ears of the CargoForwarder Global team that some customers complained about high costs and – in a number of cases – the lack of service provided by the IT manager.
Today, the CHAMP Group provides value-adding services to over 200 airlines and GSAs worldwide and links these with more than 3,000 forwarders with over 9,000 offices.
Large portfolio
The portfolio spans cargo management systems, the largest cargo community integration platform with message distribution services, and an extensive selection of innovative eCargo solutions. These include applications to meet customs & security requirements, quality optimization, as well as e-freight and mobility needs. The products are marketed under the Cargospot and Traxon brands. Frankfurt-based Traxon was CHAMP’s latest acquisition. 
Headquartered in Luxembourg, CHAMP has offices in London, Zurich, Atlanta, Manila and Frankfurt / Main.


Heiner Siegmund

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