It is with great sadness that we report that recently retired Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) chief executive, Mark Whitehead, has passed away in his sleep whilst competing on the Orient Express yacht in the Rolex China Sea Race 2018, a yacht race that ended on Sunday.
Despite his recent retirement from Hactl on 7 March, Mark remained connected with, and firmly committed to Hactl’s future development, in the new role of Advisor. He will be greatly missed by all at Hactl, the company said in a statement and indeed by a great many across the global industry.
The Hactl flag on the company’s SuperTerminal 1 building was lowered to half-mast on 3 April 2018, as a sign of respect for Mark.
Mark was well known for his astute knowledge of the air cargo sector despite not originally coming from the industry and equally well known for his witty and congenial nature. Mark will clearly be missed by the air cargo industry.
Mark is survived by his wife Rebecca, daughter Francesca and son Charles, to whom Hactl extends its heartfelt condolences.
As sailing was his passion, Mark planned on spending much of his retirement on the water. He was also commodore of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club from 2014 to 2016 and the flags at its three clubhouses were flown at half mast on Sunday.
Mark joined Hactl in 2010 and, under his outstanding leadership, the company successfully navigated a period of unprecedented change, while continuing its investment and modernisation programmes. Mark’s tenure as chief executive was also distinguished by many industry ‘firsts’, and a host of industry awards.
HACTL chief executive, Wilson Kwong noted Mark “will be greatly missed by all of us at Hactl. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends.” Hactl is relaying messages of sympathy to Mark’s family, and anyone wishing to do so you may send a message to: [email protected].