Industry stalwart Sebastiaan Scholte is to step down as chairman of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) following his departure as chief executive officer (CEO) of Jan de Rijk Logistics from 1 July 2019.
Scholte’s departure from Jan de Rijk, “to pursue new opportunities” comes just over two years into his role heading up the TIACA Board in 2017. Prior to that he was in the role of vice chairman of TIACA for nearly two and half years.
TIACA’s bylaws state that Board members must be trustee members of the Association, which means that Scholte can no longer serve after leaving Jan de Rijk.
“It was a great honour to have served as chairman of the TIACA Board,” says Scholte. “The organisation is financially healthy again and is strategically on the right track. Moreover, we have a great team of Board members and management.
“I would like to thank all members, staff, and Board members for their faith and support over the years. TIACA remains the only organisation that truly represents the interests of the whole air cargo supply chain.”
Scholte has been working with the current vice chairman Steven Polmans, head of Cargo and Logistics, Brussels Airport Company, on a new vision for the Association since last January.
Polmans will take up the chairmanship on the first of July, a few months earlier than planned, at TIACA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Budapest, Hungary, in November.
“We very much regret that Sebastiaan is leaving, but of course respect his decision,” says Polmans. I ran for vice chairman of TIACA in close cooperation with him and with a clear interest to work closely with him.
“Together we came up with a clear strategy and four-year action plan for the Association and I am proud to be able to take over a healthier and stronger TIACA. I am determined to continue working with the Board, the Chairman’s Council, and our members to deliver the action plan we started at the beginning of Sebastiaan’s chairmanship,” Polmans adds.
“Sebastiaan and Steven have done an admirable job to turn around TIACA against the odds and stabilize the organization,” comments Ram Menen, one of the Association’s founding members, past chairman, and member of the Chairman’s Council.
“We are very pleased because it is an important Association representing all sections of the air cargo industry, and it is an organisation that the industry needs.”