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TIACA welcomes six new members to the Board

Apr 03, 2024

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.

• Jannie Davel is the Senior Vice President of MSC Air Cargo – MSC Air Cargo is the number one shipping company in the world and as of Q4-22 has entered into Air Freight transportation sector with creation of MSC Air Cargo division.

• Martin Drew is the Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc – Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings is a long term or short term cargo and passenger solution provider that aims to meet customer requirements—and exceed customer expectations.

• Diogo Elias is the Senior Vice President of Avianca Cargo – Avianca Cargo is a renowned cargo airline, headquartered in Colombia, that has established itself as a trailblazer in the transportation industry.

• Dirk Goovaerts is the CEO of Continental Europe, Middle East and Africa of Swissport International – Swissport International is the leading provider of airport ground services and air cargo handling based on revenue and number of airports served.

• Boon Kiam Kuah is the Senior Vice President, Cargo Services of SATS Ltd. – SATS Ltd is a ground handling company focused on purposeful growth and transformation, our mission is to be the regional market leader in aviation catering and ground handling.

• Nichole Schulz is the Director of Industry Affairs of UPS – UPS is a leading cargo airline with a comprehensive hub-and-spoke network that provides access to key transportation centers across the U.S. and beyond.

“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.” Steven Polmans, TIACA Chair

“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.” Glyn Hughes, Director General

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.

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