ECS Group chases #NexGenLeaders to rejuvenate Air Cargo Industry

Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Worldwide, 21 January 2019. Who will be the #NexGenLeaders of the Air Cargo Industry? That’s the question that ECS Group has set itself the challenge of addressing. The market-leading GSSA wants to help regenerate the air freight industry by giving startups, students and its own employees all over the world the chance to showcase their talent and put it to use to benefit the industry. How? Through a challenge lasting almost 6 months, coaching and assessing from some of the sector’s biggest names, as well as by revealing the best projects to the entire industry at the Air Cargo Europe trade show awards ceremony in Munich on 5 June.

ECS Group has developed what it calls its ‘weapon of mass inclusion’: #NexGenLeaders challenge. The idea is simple: to incorporate the ‘New Normal’ the digital transformation by getting new talent involved in the development of the air cargo industry, by the way of a challenge stretching over several months. This is an international challenge, aimed at students, startups, and employees of the group, in which challengers can submit innovative projects in the areas that matter to ECS Group the most: Digital Technologies, Added-value services,
People and Sustainability.

This challenge is designed to be industry-focused. Its aim isn’t just to benefit ECS Group but the air freight industry as a whole. Experts such as Sebastiaan Scholte (TIACA Chairman), Guillaume Halleux (Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways), Norman Bamford (Director of Azura International), Eric Wilson (Delta Air Lines Managing Director of Cargo Global Sales), Steven Polmans (Head of Cargo and Logistics at Brussels Airport Company), as well as Camillo Garcia (Director of Sales, Marketing and Products at IAG Cargo) have decided to get involved in this major challenge to increase awareness of the cargo industry among talented newcomers. They joined the Managing Directors of ECS Group who are also very implicated in this project. As Mentors and Grand Jury members, they will help the challengers to bring best projects to life and they will play a crucial role in training and coaching these teams. They will assess projects, reveal the best and help to revolutionize the industry.

“We’re launching a project on a huge scale, and our aim is to change the game and turn industry habits on their head! And the industry has jumped at the chance: 100% of the people we’ve asked to be involved with the project have said they’ll take part. But above all, all of these people have lent us their support with such energy and such enthusiasm!” says Adrien Thominet, CEO of ECS Group. He adds: “there’s a real desire for innovation in this industry, and we’re making a contribution in our own way.”

The support and expertise brought by this diverse group will help to choose the 10 best projects submitted as part of the challenge. The people behind these projects will then be invited to discover the Grand Jury’s final ranking at the Air Cargo Europe trade show awards ceremony in Munich on 5 June. This means the whole industry will be able to benefit from the challenge by accessing the projects.

So, are you ready for the #NGL adventure? Find out all about it here.


ECS Group is the world leader in GSSA business, serving airlines. Representing hundreds of companies in over 47 countries through its 147 offices, ECS group knows it can count on its 1034 employees around the world to offer high quality services tailored to each of its partners. Thanks to this ever-increasing network, this year ECS Group has carried over 979,000 tonnes on behalf of the airlines it represents and in this way contributes to their growth and development on the international stage, in the air cargo sector. ECS Group has received many awards from its peers
and is the favoured partner and go-to GSSA in the cargo industry. For more details, visit the ECS Group’s website: