Outgoing Etihad Head of Cargo, David Kerr, has been appointed new CEO of London-based freight carrier CargoLogicAir (CLA).
While Jan de Rijk Logistics boss Sebastiaan Scholte was elected as Chairman of TIACA, with Steven Polmans, Head of Cargo and Logistics at Brussels Airport, becoming the organization’s Vice President.
The personnel merry-go-round in the cargo landscape is accelerating. Kerr leaves Etihad Cargo, so does Ogiermann at Qatar Cargo. While Ogiermann’s future role in air freight is still undecided due to a break he intends to take, Kerr climbs up the career ladder immediately after leaving Etihad on 31 December, becoming a day later on 1 January 2018 helmsman of an entire airline – Volga-Dnepr Group member CargoLogicAir. “David is a highly respected, experienced and well-known air cargo industry executive who will bring new insight into the business and lead CargoLogicAir towards our strategic goal of recognition as one of the leaders in the European airfreight industry,” CLA Advisory Board Chairman Sir John Holmes emphasized in a statement. In his new role as CEO, Kerr will be responsible for the successful implementation of the airline’s strategic development plans, orchestrating the growth of its freighter fleet and its network, with the focus on specialized logistics solutions for different industries.
Scholte, Polmans aim at putting TIACA up front
While in Miami, Florida, 7,110 km away from London Stansted, the Annual General Meeting as part of TIACA’s Executive Summit welcomed Sebastiaan Scholte and Steven Polmans in their new roles as the organization’s Chairman and VP. Scholte, who has been TIACA Vice Chairman for two and a half years, takes over from Sanjiv Edward, Head of Cargo Business, Delhi International Airport. In his initial statement, Dutch national Scholtesaid that in order to become more relevant TIACA must become more agile. An important way of doing this is “engaging more with our membership base,” Sebastiaan said.
This was supported by Steven Polmans who stated: “Collaboration and cooperation between all parties in the air cargo supply chain is the only way forward to solve many of today’s issues.” Steven
expressed his conviction that TIACA is the only organization representing all of the different players of the air freight industry. Therefore, “we are the natural platform to facilitate genuine
collaboration and work towards a more innovative and quality-driven industry,” the Belgian cargo veteran concluded at the organization’s Annual General Meeting.