Tim Strauss has stepped down as CEO of all-cargo carrier, Amerijet. His sudden decision had surprised even insiders because there were no visible, verbal, or habitual indications beforehand. The 68-year-old cargo veteran had been running the Miami, Florida-based airline for three years. In an internal farewell message to the staff, he mentions his retirement for his withdrawal: “I’ve run my race and pass the baton to the next leader.”
CEO Strauss will be succeeded by Joe Mozzali, who became Amerijet’s CFO just seven months ago. Prior to this tenure, the manager held the same position at UPS Airlines, having come over after around three years at UPS International. During his career at UPS, he was also vice president of strategy for UPS Europe, Middle East and Africa, and CEO of Kiala, a Brussels-based European e-commerce logistics company acquired by the U.S. integrator in early 2012. Joe Mozzali has taken Tim’s chair with immediate effect.
In his three years at the helm of the company, Strauss has achieved a lot for Amerijet. His greatest legacy is the enormous growth of the freighter fleet. Between 2020 and today, he increased the number of all-cargo aircraft from formerly nine to 25. The fleet consists of a mix of B767Fs for international routes and B757F for domestic and Caribbean services. And more aircraft are to follow. When speaking with him at Air Cargo Americas in Miami, he told CargoForwarder Global that stakeholders and management plan to double the fleet in the next five years.
Coupled with the fleet growth was the globalization of the network. One such supporting measure was a deal inked with Maersk Air Cargo, for which Amerijet operates three B767 freighters shuttling between the U.S., China, and South Korea. Strauss also succeeded in winning DHL and the U.S. Postal Service as customers. In addition, the domestic U.S. network was expanded and the number of weekly flights between Miami and Brussels increased.
The carrier is based at Miami International Airport. There, Amerijet runs more than 360,000 square feet (33,445 m2) of handling space for cargo shipments and a 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) cool section for processing or storing temperature sensitive goods such as perishables or pharma products. More than 1,000 employees are listed on the carrier’s payroll.
“We are very excited about Joe [Mozzali] becoming Amerijet’s next CEO,” stated Bob Horne, Partner, ZS Fund and Amerijet board member. The ZS Fund concentrates on making long-term investments in successful middle-market companies within the USA. Horne went on to say: “His leadership skills, strategic insights, deep industry knowledge and disciplined management style make him the perfect choice to lead our company. We have great confidence in Joe’s ability to lead us to new heights as the air cargo carrier of choice.”
Mozzali replied to this: “I am thrilled and honored by the opportunity to lead Team Amerijet as we execute our vision to be the go-to, world-class cargo carrier of choice for our customers and our people.” Annually, Amerijet provides approximately 450 million available TKM of freighter capacity throughout its scheduled service region, a company release details.
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