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Lionel Van der Walt, the enthusiastic chief of IATA US offshoot Cargo Network Services, has resigned less than two years into the job.

Mr Van der Walt is the fourth president in less than a decade to leave the organisation, following the brief tenure of Warren Jones, who left in a public row with IATA.

The resignation of yet another chief will add scrutiny to CNS, whose past leaders have indicated unwelcome interference from IATA.

Flying Typers reports that Mr Van der Walt has agreed to stay on to the end of the year, before he moves to become CEO of a non-profit association of architects and engineers who specialise in roofing and exterior walls. He has spent nearly 20 years in aviation, more than 15 of which were at IATA.

Mr Van der Walt, a South African, brought much enthusiasm to the role at CNS, and was credited with making the association’s annual conference more relevant.

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  • Mike Webber

    October 09, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Very sorry to see Lionel leave the industry but obviously wish him the very best. Lionel created a reservoir of credibility and good will around the industry. As I observed with several of my own airport clients, Lionel didn’t simply open communication with the airport industry but went to them, participated in their events and invited their visible participation in CNS’s. He will be missed.