Vallair appoints François Biarneix as new Operations Director

Châteauroux, France: Vallair, the mature aircraft asset specialist dedicated to the support of operators and lessors, has appointed François Biarneix as Operations Director.

Based in Chateâuroux, Biarneix will oversee the strategic deployment and operations of Vallair’s aerostructure and composite shop, engine shop, logistics department, and aircraft dismantling activities.

Biarneix brings a wealth of management experience, further strengthening Vallair’s senior team and capabilities. His work history spans over two decades, recently including the role of Technical Manager for a supplier specializing in the parts production for Airbus and Safran programs, and later as a Plant Manager in the automotive sector.

During Biarneix’s career he headed the team that successfully transferred A330 component production from Airbus’ Nantes facility to their Indraero facility. This included the creation and expansion of a technical department and orchestrating significant plant transformation, resulting in substantial revenue growth.

With a passion for the aerospace industry, Biarneix explains why he was drawn to Vallair: “I see opportunities ahead for implementing standards and procedures, optimizing layouts, deploying Lean tools and streamlining processes to improve TATs and deliver increased cost-savings for customers.

“I believe one of our greatest strengths as a company is our flexibility and the ability to adapt to market trends and changing demand. Vallair has exciting plans to expand its operations including increased aerostructure capacity, creating a logistics hub, and increasing dismantling activity. We are also looking at further development in our new engine shop to manage module replacement through to maintenance.”

Vallair is an aviation company with facilities in Luxembourg, Châteauroux and Montpellier in France. It provides integrated support for mature aircraft, engines, and major components. Seven complementary business units are founded upon engineering excellence: trading & leasing, cargo conversions, aircraft MRO, engines, aerostructures & painting, material management and aircraft disassembly.

Chapman Freeborn grows its European management team in Poland, Finland and Italy

London, UK: Chapman Freeborn has grown its European senior management team in Poland, Finland, and Italy as part of its ongoing strategy to ensure local expertise and greater customer facing presence throughout its global network.

Rocco Cellucci, Annika Eerola, and Patricia Piecuch will head-up sales operations in Italy, Finland, and Poland respectively, and bring a combined 70 plus years of air industry experience and expertise to the charterer’s Europe operations.

All three positions will focus on the expansion of Chapman Freeborn’s passenger, commercial, and private jet service portfolio.

“The flexibility Chapman Freeborn offers customers is based on a combination of tried and trusted operational procedures and strategic investment in local knowledge and experience,” said James Edwards, Vice President Passenger, Europe, Chapman Freeborn. “We welcome Rocco, Annika, and Patricia to our team and look forward to working with them.”

Cellucci has over 34 years of experience within the Italian aviation industry, including roles at Alitalia and Eurofly, whilst Eerola, previously a private jet pilot, has over 20 years’ experience in the Finnish aviation market, and Piecuch has worked for 12 years in the Polish aviation industry.

Beyond Europe, and in line with its strategy of investing in local expertise, Chapman Freeborn recently announced the appointment Mark Thibault as President, Asia Pacific (APAC) and, Alain Champonnois as President, India, Middle East & Africa (IMEA).

Silk Way West Airlines appoints Onno Pietersma as Chief Operating Officer

Baku, Azerbaijan: Silk Way West Airlines, the leading cargo airline in the Caspian and Central Asian region, appoints Onno Pietersma as its new Chief Operating Officer.

With over 25 years of experience in the aviation industry, Pietersma is poised to propel the airline towards new levels of operational efficiency, technological enhancement, and customer service.

In his new role, Pietersma will champion critical initiatives designed to enhance the stability and reliability of the expanding Silk Way West Airlines’ operations. These key factors will contribute significantly to improving the airline’s on-time delivery performance.

“Strengthening the stability of the network is essential for elevating our service delivery,” Pietersma commented. “By extending network planning and enhancing turnaround efficiencies, we are committed to optimizing on-time delivery directly benefiting our customers.”

Wolfgang Meier, President of Silk Way West Airlines, expressed his support for Pietersma. “Onno’s impressive career and dedication to teamwork and process improvement have consistently elevated operational standards. His strategic vision is integral to driving significant advances in our operational performance and enhancing customer satisfaction.”

Seahorse Freight Association appoints new board members and relaunches summer BBQ event

London, UK: The Seahorse Freight Association has appointed Parveen Raja, Director and Publisher at EVA International Media Ltd and Robert Minton-Taylor, Visiting Fellow at Leeds Beckett University to its Board and relaunched its Summer BBQ networking event.

The two new Board members bring decades of experience in public relations, journalism, publishing, and sales to the management team of the not-for-profit organization, which champions career and networking opportunities for journalists in supply chain and transport.

Parveen has launched and managed aviation titles and events including Airtransport Publications in 1994, and EVA International in 2007, which publishes titles such as Cargo Airports and Airlines Service (CAAS) and Airline Routes & Ground Services (ARGS), organizes events globally, and broadcasts the EVA Podcast.

“I am looking forward to working with the Board to help shine a light on best practices in journalism for our industry, we must encourage new writing talent by recognizing excellence,” said Parveen. “My experience of running the commercial side of publications and launching magazines means that I understand the importance of great journalism and I am pleased to be able to bring that insight to the Seahorse Board.”

Robert trained and worked as a journalist before moving into public relations, spending over 47 years working for clients in the air cargo, rail, road and maritime sectors. Twenty-four of those years were spent working with Wallenius Wilhelmsen as their Global Media Relations Manager while also teaching public relations at Leeds Business School, part of Leeds Beckett University. He is a former Chairperson of Seahorse and a recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award for services to shipping.

“I am passionate about helping young people to thrive in careers in journalism and PR and have been a long-term supporter of Seahorse, which I believe provides fantastic opportunities for the NextGen to both network and understand what great journalism looks like,” said Robert.

“I campaign for greater diversity in the PR profession, as well as for gender equality and Living Wage for internees, and am looking forward to helping the Board to drive initiatives around these important issues.”

The Seahorse Freight Association, which was formed in 1962, brings companies in the supply chain, logistics, and transport industry together with the media who report on them and the Public Relations and marketing professionals who work in the sector.

The Association holds an annual Journalist Awards celebrating excellence in reporting and open to reporters all over the globe.

Seahorse has also relaunched its Summer BBQ networking event, which will now be held on 17th June 2024 at Doggett’s Coat and Badge in Central London.

“Robert and Parveen bring important experience from across the publishing and PR industry to add to our diverse Board of professionals,” said Emma Murray, outgoing Chairman of Seahorse and CEO of Meantime Communications.

“As well as organizing the Awards and networking events such as the Summer BBQ, we will be looking to launch new initiatives this year, and their support to help this happen is very welcome.”

dnata appoints global head of airport operations

Dubai, UAE: dnata, a leading global air and travel services provider, announced the appointment of Clive Sauvé-Hopkins to the position of Divisional Senior Vice President (DSVP), Airport Operations.

In his role, Clive will oversee dnata’s global ground handling and cargo business at 97 airports in 16 countries. He will manage a team of over 37,000 customer-centric aviation professionals, ensuring consistent high-quality and safe services for more than 330 airline customers.

Clive brings with him extensive international experience in commercial strategy and business transformation, having held several senior leadership positions with Swissport, Servisair, Aviapartner, Qatar Airways, and the Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company (ADQ).

Clive will be based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and report to Steve Allen, dnata’s Group Chief Executive Officer. His appointment is effective immediately.

“I’m pleased to have Clive on board our global management team. Clive has all the experience and skills to drive our growth strategy and ensure consistent quality and safe services, with a continued focus on people and sustainability across our global operations. I look forward to working together as we enhance our business and offering,” said Allen.

dnata is a leading global air and travel services provider. Established in 1959, the company offers quality and safe ground handling, cargo, travel, catering and retail services in over 30 countries across six continents. In the financial year 2022-23, dnata’s customer-oriented teams handled over 710,000 aircraft turns, moved over 2.7 million tonnes of cargo, uplifted 111.4 million meals, and recorded a total transaction value (TTV) of travel services of US$ 1.9 billion.

TIACA welcomes 6 new members to the Board

Miami, Florida: The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) announced that six new members have been appointed to serve on the Board of Directors ensuring effective representation across the industry.

The new Board members bring together a wealth of knowledge and experience from across the industry. New Board members include Jannie Davel, MSC Cargo, Martin Drew, Atlas Air, Diogo Elias, Avianca Cargo, Dirk Goovaerts, Swissport International, Boon Kiam Kuah, SATS Ltd. and Nichole Schulz, UPS.

“A strong and diverse Board has proven beneficial to the transformation of the association over the last few years. The appointment of these new Board Members will not only ensure that we remain agile and relevant but will also provide the Board with a fresh perspective. We are excited to welcome Jannie, Martin, Diogo, Dirk, Boon Kiam and Nichole to the team and look forward to working with them as we continue our work in enhancing TIACA’s services and ensuring we are fully aligned with industry needs,” said Steven Polmans, TIACA Chair.

Glyn Hughes, Director General of TIACA, commented, “2024 is a critical year for TIACA and having strong leadership in place is vital to the association as we continue to grow and invest in programs that support the industry such as BlueSky, Invest in Climate Action and the Air Cargo Training Library. The team is also actively planning for the latest edition of Air Cargo Forum, November 11-14 in Miami which is expected to draw 4,000-5,000 to a world-class event that will allow for plenty of networking, business and fun.”

“Additionally, the Board has tasked the Secretariat to continue to expand other TIACA programs that tackle industry challenges through a united voice to enhance a safe, efficient and robust air cargo industry, designed to meet the needs of today whilst anticipating the needs of tomorrow,” he added.

The association currently has a full Board seat allocation with one vacancy as we have reserved a seat for a representative of the Shipper community, but additional seats may become available as current Board terms end. Should anyone be interested in serving on the Board in the future, please reach out to the Secretariat.

CARGO IQ launches new membership engagement scheme as Marie Seco-Köppen takes over as Executive Director

Hong Kong, China: Cargo iQ, has today announced the appointment of a new Executive Director, Marie Seco-Köppen, and formally launched a new membership engagement scheme, which aims to further drive quality in the air cargo industry.

The scheme includes a tiered membership program, as well as a scorecard system measuring Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) across cargo movements, with both initiatives being piloted by Cargo iQ Board members.

Seco-Köppen, brings over 20 years’ experience in delivering process improvements and digitalization within global air freight.

She joins Cargo iQ from Im3pact AG, a consultancy for global transportation, and will take over from the current Executive Director, Lothar Moehle, a driving member of the organization since its inception 26 years ago, is retiring in June after a 50-year career in air cargo.

“This new chapter promises to be exciting, and I am looking forward to engaging with the Board and members to further extend Cargo iQ’s unique cross-stakeholder quality program,” said Seco-Köppen, who is currently the Master Operating Plan (MOP) Working Group Chair at Cargo iQ.
“In our fragmented industry, quality standards and digitalization remain crucial to attain increased performance visibility, which is required to remove redundancies and jointly
drive-up service consistency for the shipper.”

Seco-Köppen will formally step up as Cargo iQ Executive Director in May 2024.

“Cargo iQ is taking the next step in driving quality in our industry by engaging members in two initiatives that put implementation transparency at the heart of the process, as well as ensuring all stakeholders have clear KPIs against which they can measure success and define improvements,” said Moehle.

The scorecard initiative, which is under development for both forwarder-carrier and
carrier-ground handling agent relationships, concentrates on measuring selected Cargo iQ Milestones, including Notified for Delivery (NFD) performance, which is a core KPI for the group.

Other KPIs are related to timely and complete information exchange during the execution along the shipment journey.

“For balance, we also include important Data Input Quality KPIs, as one cannot perform a service if data is input incorrectly,” said Rutger Jan Pegels, Director Performance Management, KLM Cargo, and Vice Chair, Cargo iQ.

The tier system scheme awards members Bronze, Silver, or Gold membership according to level of implementation and conformance to reporting.

“With these new initiatives, we are creating more transparency among members related to the level of implementation towards whole network and or shipment scope,” said Kerstin Strauss, Vice President, Global Operations Air Logistics, Kuehne + Nagel , and Chair, Cargo iQ. “We are facilitating focused dialog on improvement to reach higher coverage.”

Kale Logistics Solutions appoints Zulekha as new Global CHRO

Mumbai, India: Kale Logistics Solutions (Kale) has appointed Zulekha as its new Global Chief of Human Resources (CHRO), to build and nurture the logistics tech specialist’s growing team across ten countries.

Zulekha brings over 17 years of experience in HR across industries including logistics and education tech, manufacturing, media, and IT. She has a focus on digital HR solutions, from automating processes to using data to drive process innovation.

“Kale is an agile tech organisation, and digitisation is in our DNA, so it is natural for HR to embrace digital tools,” said Zulekha. “Our workforce includes the new generation that requires a different level of engagement, and digitalisation will empower us to design and implement processes that will be easy and convenient to use to serve employees across diversified demographics.”

Commenting on the appointment, Rajesh Panicker, Co-Founder and COO of Kale Logistics Solutions said, “Zulekha’s appointment comes at a crucial juncture for our company as we continue to grow and consolidate our operations.”

“Her deep understanding of human capital dynamics and strategic mindset will be invaluable as we navigate the complexities of our international operations and further strengthen our position as a market leader.”

Kale is expanding its presence in the maritime sector, developing next-gen port community systems to drive digitalisation and sustainability in the sector. As a key market leader, it engages in more than 100 air cargo stations across the globe.

Zulekha is Kale’s third high-profile appointment this year as part of ongoing growth across the globe, and specifically in North America.

This May, Kale will host a round table discussion event called CLEAR VIEW Air Cargo in Istanbul, Turkey as part of its ongoing commitment to driving digitization across all sectors of the logistics industry.

Ryan Keyrouse appointed new CEO of Rotate

Utrecht, The Netherlands: Rotate, a leading software and strategy consulting company in the air cargo industry, announces the appointment of Ryan Keyrouse as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective March 1, 2024.

Ryan, one of the co-founders of Rotate, steps into this role as Gert-Jan Jansen, the outgoing CEO, will remain in the board as executive director and senior advisor for client engagements.

Ryan co-founded Rotate alongside Jansen with a mission to ‘turn data into action’ by developing and providing software products, strategy consulting and market data designed to empowering airlines, airports, and other air cargo companies in their commercial decision making.

Since its inception in June 2022, Rotate has expanded its operations across two continents, now boasting a team of 35 professionals.

“We always envisioned a seamless transition in leadership when the time was right,” says Gert-Jan. “With the remarkable growth we’ve experienced in just 18 months, thanks to Ryan and the larger leadership team, the time for this change is now. As co-founder, I remain committed to contributing to Rotate’s continued success and am excited about the future we’re shaping together.”

As the newly appointed CEO, Ryan articulates his vision for Rotate’s future, stating, “Over the last two years, Rotate has established a robust foundation. The focus was on building the strongest team in air cargo for building data and software products, and expanding our capabilities with strategy consulting. Our products have garnered significant interest among our expanding customer base. Our focus now is on execution and ongoing innovation in collaboration with our partners – both those in industry and the other members of CargoTech.”

Ryan brings to Rotate over two decades of industry expertise, having undertaken more than 50 air cargo strategy consulting projects across 30 countries. His career journey includes pivotal roles at Boeing and KPMG, culminating in his tenure as Managing Director at Seabury Cargo since 2010.

Thomas Eskesen appointed Chairman of the ‘Join The Move to –15°C’ Coalition as industry heavyweights continue to pledge support to the landmark sustainability initiative

Dubai, UAE: The Join the Move to –15°C Coalition has announced the appointment of the world’s leading refrigerated cargo expert, Thomas Eskesen, to the position of Chair. The appointment comes as the Coalition continues to bolster its member base, with five new industry leaders pledging their support for a move to -15°C.

The Coalition, which was initiated by global logistics firm DP World in 2023, is an industry-wide alliance that aims to redefine frozen food temperature standards to reduce emissions, cut supply chain costs and secure food resources for the world’s growing population.

Eskesen brings with him over 35 years of experience and a proven international track record, having held several leadership positions at Maersk, including a decade as Vice President, Head of Reefer and Special Cargo. In this role he was responsible for setting strategic direction, asset planning, product development and innovation.

In 2015, he founded Eskesen Advisory, which specialises in advising executives on their unique challenges and opportunities within refrigerated cargo. Here, he has spent the last decade sharing his extensive experience in reefer products and services, strategic planning, and reefer innovation to key players in refrigerated transport and executives seeking a fresh perspective on their business model and strategy. Eskesen also holds the position of Chairman for the TPM Cold Chain conference.

To date, the Coalition has secured support from a significant portion of the world’s shipping market. Its newest members include Americold, a global leader in temperature-controlled logistics, Holt Logistics, a leading freight transportation and logistics service provider, and JB Hunt, a U.S. transport and logistics company.

Other members who have already pledged support to the Coalition’s mission include leading industry organizations, such as U.S. based AJC Group, A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) of Denmark; Daikin of Japan; DP World of UAE; the Global Cold Chain Alliance; Switzerland’s Kuehne + Nagel International and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), U.S. based Lineage, Germany’s Hapag Lloyd; Singapore-based Ocean Network Express (ONE).

On Wednesday 6th March, the Coalition will host its first in-person open member meeting at this year’s S&P Global Premier Shipping and Supply Chain Conference, TPM24, in Long Beach, California, where members will come together to collaborate and discuss how to work towards its goal of achieving a move to -15°C.

Thomas Eskesen, Chair of Join The Move to -15˚C, said: “The aim of the Coalition is simple: to create an international alliance of committed partners that will transform the global logistics landscape, cut carbon emissions, save energy, and lower costs by changing the temperature that frozen food is stored and transported at.

“Frozen food standards have not been updated in almost a century, so they are long overdue for revision. It has been proven that a small temperature increase could have huge benefits, so the Coalition’s aim is to act as a conduit by bringing industry together to change what’s possible as the sector looks for viable ways to achieve its shared net zero ambition.

“We’re in the very early days of the Coalition’s establishment so it’s great to see such vested interest from key industry players, and we offer a warm welcome to our new Coalition members. We’re looking forward to a productive first meeting at TPM24, where will discuss key priorities and set the direction and vision for the year ahead.”

The Join the Move to -15°C Coalition was established following the launch of the Three Degrees of Change report, an academic report supported by DP World and delivered by experts from the Paris-based International Institute of Refrigeration, the University of Birmingham, and London South Bank University.

Most frozen food is transported and stored at -18°C, a standard that was set 93 years ago and has not changed since. The report found that a move to -15°C could make a significant environmental impact with no compromise on food safety. Furthermore, the report revealed that a 3-degree difference could save 17.7 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, the equivalent annual emissions of 3.8m cars. If achieved, this change could cut costs in the supply chain by at least 5% and in some areas by up to 12%.

To find out more or join the Coalition, please visit: Join The Move to -15°C Coalition