Guillaume Halleux, former Vice President Cargo Asia Pacific at Qatar Airways, follows departing Ulrich Ogiermann as Chief Cargo Officer. The French national, formerly based in Singapore, has already taken Uli’s chair at the carrier’s Doha headquarters.
That’s quite a leap in his career: Halleux has been with Qatar Airways Cargo only for about 1.5 years, and now moves up to the carrier’s top cargo position. Prior to joining the Arabian airline,
he has held a number of executive functions at French forwarding agent Bolloré Logistics and Air France.
“No” is no answer to Guillaume
In his LinkedIn page, he describes himself as a “successful and enthusiastic team leader with proven management strengths in multi-cultural and competitive environments.” He has a passion for performance and is result driven, Guillaume stresses. “Truly international minded, I don't take no for an answer and love finding 'out of the box' solutions.”
It can be expected that there will be plenty of opportunities at QR Cargo to meet these objectives and put them into daily practice.
Good time for a change in responsibility
“Guillaume is already in charge, while I concentrate on finalizing and accomplishing the tasks and projects I still have on my desk,” stated Uli Ogiermann in a telephone call with CargoForwarder Global today (15 October). Asked about the reasons for giving up his post and leaving QR Cargo as of mid-December he named above all private reasons. “Spreading oneself between the family that lives in Luxembourg and Germany and my business obligations is a very demanding task in the long run,” Uli stated. He further emphasized that he leaves QR Cargo at a time where some promising new developments are standing on the agenda, these include key strategic decisions. Specifications he did not provide, because “at QR Cargo we never announce important provisions beforehand.”
Precise vocational plans for his future managerial career he doesn’t have, he says. He confirmed that he remains linked to QR Cargo, supporting the carrier as a consultant.
But privacy comes first, at least for the next weeks and months after he has left QR. “My main aim is to relax for a while and enjoy a more intense family life, commuting between Luxembourg and Germany, where my 89 year-old mother lives, who needs some care and attention.”
Moving back to central Europe will also enable him to attend games of his beloved soccer club Eintracht Frankfurt, which he’s always supported.
A cargo heavyweight leaves the arena
Uli took over the role of Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways in 2012. He started his career with Lufthansa and moved over to LH Cargo after they had become an independent entity. In 1998, he moved on to work for Cargolux and became the carrier’s CEO in 2003. During his career, Uli also engaged very actively in international cargo organizations. For many years, he has been a member of the IATA Cargo Committee as well as Chairman of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) in 2009 and 2010.
He studied Economics in Frankfurt and holds a doctorate in Economics from Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt.
With him, a true gentleman and heavyweight leaves the cargo stage, at least for the time being.
We wish him all the best for the future.