TIACA welcomes 4 new Board Directors to its governing body

Published: Friday, April 2, 2021

MIAMI: The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) welcomed four new members to its governing body, the Board of Directors, whose expertise are expected to further strengthen the industry face its challenges and the new normal.

Following a year of internal re-organization and the changing of governance structure, TIACA has named its new Board Members; Liana Coyne, Coyne Airways; Bob Chi, SATS Ltd; Manel Galindo, WebCargo; and Hendrik Leyssens, Swissport.

TIACA said each new Board member has been vetted by the Executive Committee to ensure that the candidates not only share the association’s vision for the air cargo industry but also is in line with the mandate set in their Trusteeshave a Board that fairly represents the membership by industry sector and region.

“The last year has shown the world the value of the entire air cargo supply chain and what can be achieved when organizations collaborate effectively with a common purpose.  TIACA is the only global association that encompasses the entire supply chain within its membership and we are proud to have such a representative Board steering the Association in tackling the critical issues the industry faces,” stated Steven Polmans, TIACA Chairman

The new Board members bring a wealth of experience and knowledge from their respective industry sectors and are eager to get to work.

•    Liana Coyne is the Chief Operating Officer of Coyne Airways – Coyne Airways is the pioneering non-asset based cargo airline specializing in scheduled and chartered lift to niche destinations including Armenia, Georgia, Iraq, Afghanistan and around the Caucasus, Central Asia and Africa.

“I am thrilled to join the Board of TIACA. TIACA is in a unique position to represent and advocate on behalf of the air cargo industry, at a time when its importance has never been so underscored,” Coyne stated.

•    Manel Galindo, Co-founder, WebCargo – WebCargo digitizes freight sales, pricing, and booking for thousands of logistics providers and carriers around the world.

“True change isn’t about one company. It’s about the entire industry identifying trends and adapting, together. I’m thrilled to join TIACA’s Board to help do just that, collaborating with other players from across the value chain to turn digitalization into an asset,” Galindo stated.

•    Bob Chi is the Chief Operating Officer, Gateway Services – SATS Ltd is a ground handling operation that covers all Gateway Services operational units, covering cargo handling, passenger services, baggage and ramp handling as well as security services.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to be part of the TIACA Board, especially during this time, where air cargo supply chain is certainly playing a pivotal role in the recovery of the aviation industry. While the Air Freight industry transforms itself through digitization and in the face of unprecedented growth in the eCommerce, pharma & perishables trades flows, I believe TIACA will provide a good platform for open dialogue amongst key stakeholders on all matters affecting our industry. I look forward to the opportunity to engage with partners in topics that are pertinent to all of us. Thank you,” Chi stated.

•    Hendrik Leyssens, is VP Global Operations, Cargo of Swissport International – Swissport International is a global airport ground services and air cargo handler.

“I’m very excited to join the TIACA board and looking forward to working with all board members and Glyn. TIACA is placed exceptionally well to unite and support all stakeholders that want to make a difference in our industry,” Leyssens stated. “The organisation has proven to be more relevant than ever after in the past year and I’m thrilled I can contribute to its’ further success.”

Polmans continued, “As part of TIACA’s Transformation Program, we found it imperative that our Board represents the entire supply chain and we are working to ensure that this mandate is fulfilled. These new Board members fill roles within our Board that have been underrepresented in the past. We look forward to the insight and expertise each of these industry leaders will bring to the table. Whilst our work to diversify our Board is far from over, we feel we have made a solid start.”