Steven Polmans has only been with Nallian for a year, but his work there will soon come to an end. In future, he will take on a leading role in the logistics and freight industry in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
CargoForwarder Global interviewed him to find out what exactly that role will be.
CFG: Steven, you are exiting Nallian. Why, when, and where are you bound for?
SP: That is correct. I am leaving Nallian. Although still a big fan of the work they are doing, as well as of digitalization in general, the opportunity offered to me was personally one I could not ignore: I will soon join Abu Dhabi Airport Company as VP Business Development FTZ (Free Trade Zone).
CFG: Besides the fact that you will be working in a completely new environment, what, presumably, will be the biggest challenges facing you when taking on your new tasks?
SF: No doubt that there will be many positive and exciting challenges waiting for me and I will approach them with an open mind. And I look forward to speaking to you again at some point in the future to then share with you from experience what I considered the biggest challenges.
CFG: Is your future job roughly comparable to your previous role as Director Cargo and Logistics at Brussels Airport, or where do you see basic differences?
SP: The overall goal is more or less the same, but the job is not completely the same as there are some other activities at the Free Trade Zone which were not part of my job in Brussels.
CFG: In addition to your new professional role, will you continue to work for Nallian in any way?
SP: I will continue as a Member of the Advisory Board, where possible, to support them in their next steps of growth and their future efforts in further digitizing the logistics world.
CFG: Will you move to Abu Dhabi, or will you work half there and half remotely from Belgium?
SP: I will move to Abu Dhabi and look forward to enjoying life in that beautiful place, benefiting from the sunshine rather than the gray and rainy climate of Belgium! 😊
CFG: And finally: any change in your TIACA role following your Nallian exit?
SP: No, I have no intention of stepping down from my mandate as Chair of TIACA.
CFG: Thank you for this interview and good luck with your new assignment.
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