Nallian nabs former BRU cargo head Steven Polmans

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The former head of cargo at Brussels Airport and current TIACA chairman, Steven Polmans is joining Nallian, effective immediately.

As chief customer officer, Polmans will be responsible for accelerating the expansion of Nallian’s global network of cargo communities that operate the Nallian Cargo Cloud. Nallian operates an open data-sharing platform that connects the various players in the air cargo supply chain.

“With his cargo expertise and impressive track record in digital cargo transformation and building cargo communities, he perfectly fits Nallian’s global ambition and mission ‘to make the world operate as one’,” says Nallian.

Steven Polmans Brussels Airport
Steven Polmans

With more than 20 years of expertise in the cargo sector, Polmans is credited with driving a number of game-changing projects in the sector. As the founding driver of BRUcloud, Brussels Airport’s Cargo Cloud, he was the first in the industry to get the different stakeholders at a cargo hub to work in a connected and integrated way by sharing data in their cross-company processes. A model that since then has been adopted by numerous other airports and recognised by several industry awards.

Polmans was also the founder of Air Cargo Belgium, the industry association that groups all stakeholders at Brussels Airport and fuels the continuous expansion of BRUcloud.

“When I decided to leave Brussels Airport, it has always been my intention to stay in the sector and build further on what I have created together with my cargo colleagues and peers,” says Polmans.

“Air cargo is more than a job for me, it’s a passion and it was very important for me to find a place where I can share, cultivate, and act upon this passion. I feel Nallian is the best place for me to do so. We share the ambition to drive efficiency and transparency in the air cargo industry by making cargo communities operate in a connected, collaborative way.

Jean Verheyen, CEO of Nallian
Jean Verheyen

“It is what initially brought us together on the BRUcloud project, and what we have been developing at Brussels Airport over the past years. I now look forward to assisting other cargo actors – airports, ground handlers, freight forwarders, trucking companies, shippers, etc – with their digital cargo transformation and their journey to connected, collaborative work,” he adds.

Jean Verheyen, CEO of Nallian, comments: “Following the signing of several new contracts in 2020 and the recent opening of our office in Singapore, having Steven on board is yet again another important step for Nallian. We have worked closely together in the past and are fully aligned on our vision for the cargo industry.

“Steven brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the team, which together with his drive and collaborative mindset will help us accelerate and support more airports better on their journey to connected, collaborative work. We are very excited to shape the future of air cargo together.”

Alex Driesen, Co-Entrepreneur, who is moving on from Nallian, adds: “Getting Steven on board is a major leap for Nallian. In my career, I have not often met people with the same combination of vision, energy, and empathy. I look very much forward to seeing Steven write the next chapter of Nallian’s journey to make the world operate as one.”

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