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IATA’s Cargo iQ organisation has appointed Emirates SkyCargo’s senior vice president of global operations, Henrik Ambak, (pictured above) as its new vice chairman.
And Nadeem Sultan, vice president of global cargo operations at Qatar Airways Cargo, and Hendrik Leyssens, head of global operations of cargo at Swissport, have also joined the Cargo iQ board – the first time either company has had a seat. Also joining the board are KLM Cargo’s director of performance management, Rutger Jan Pegels, and Panalpina’s global head air freight procurement and product management, Markus Muecke.
Mr Ambak joined the freight forwarding industry over 30 years ago, and then moved to the ground handling sector, before joining Cargolux to oversee all aspects of cargo and ground operations.
He joined Emirates in 2014, where he is responsible for all Emirates SkyCargo’s operations at its hub in Dubai, as well as over 150 outstations globally.
“The Cargo iQ journey of close industry collaboration has rendered air cargo as the only mode of transport with a standard cross-industry quality management and measurement approach – quite a feat,” he said.
Mr Sultan (pictured above) has over 18 years’ experience in air transport, including roles in cargo network operations, cargo sales & marketing, safety and security compliance, and freighter operations. He joined Qatar Airways Cargo in 2014 after working with Atlas Air.
Mr Leyssens (pictured below) joined Swissport in 2012 to develop and implement quality standards and KPIs at Swissport Cargo Services, and now oversees the global management of its cargo processes, standards and systems, including Cargo iQ.
“Swissport was one of the first members to join Cargo iQ and our commitment to quality delivery in our cargo operations is well recognised,” said Mr Leyssens.
“This shall encourage us to continue delivering best-in-class services.”
Meanwhile, Max Sauberschwarz, vice president and global head of carrier & gateway air logistics at Kuehne + Nagel and Jens Appel, vice president performance management at Lufthansa Cargo have been re-elected to continue to represent their companies.
The Cargo iQ board consists of 13 seats that are elected by members for two years, and this year there were seven seats up for election.