The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has added four new members to its Board of Directors, broadening the industry expertise of the current Board.
Following a year of internal re-organisation and the changing of its governance structure, TIACA’s four new Board Members include; Liana Coyne, Coyne Airways; Bob Chi, SATS Ltd; Manel Galindo, WebCargo; and Hendrik Leyssens, Swissport.
TIACA notes that each new Board member has been vetted by the Executive Committee to ensure that the candidates not only share the association’s vision for the air cargo industry but also meet the objective of creating a Board that fairly represents the membership by industry sector and region.
“The last year has shown the world the value of the entire air cargo supply chain and what can be achieved when organisations collaborate effectively with a common purpose,” says Steven Polmans, TIACA chairman.
“TIACA is the only global association that encompasses the entire supply chain within its membership and we are proud to have such a representative Board steering the Association in tackling the critical issues the industry faces”, Polmans says.
The new Board members bring substantial experience and knowledge from their respective industry sectors, according to the association.
Liana Coyne is the chief operating officer of Coyne Airways, a pioneering non-asset-based cargo airline specialising in scheduled and chartered lift to niche destinations including Armenia, Georgia, Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the Caucasus region, Central Asia and Africa.
“I am thrilled to join the Board of TIACA,” says Coyne. “TIACA is in a unique position to represent and advocate on behalf of the air cargo industry, at a time when its importance has never been so underscored.”
Manel Galindo co-founder of WebCargo, which digitises freight sales, pricing, and booking for thousands of logistics providers and carriers around the world.
“True change isn’t about one company,” says Galindo. “It’s about the entire industry identifying trends and adapting, together. I’m thrilled to join TIACA’s Board to help do just that, collaborating with other players from across the value chain to turn digitalization into an asset.”
Bob Chi is the chief operating officer, Gateway Services at SATS Ltd, a Singapore-headquartered ground handling operation that covers all Gateway Services operational units, covering cargo handling, passenger services, baggage and ramp handling as well as security services.
“I am pleased to have the opportunity to be part of the TIACA Board, especially during this time, where air cargo supply chain is certainly playing a pivotal role in the recovery of the aviation industry,” says Chi.
“While the air freight industry transforms itself through digitisation and in the face of unprecedented growth in the e-commerce, pharma & perishables trades flows, I believe TIACA will provide a good platform for open dialogue amongst key stakeholders on all matters affecting our industry. I look forward to the opportunity to engage with partners in topics that are pertinent to all of us.”
Hendrik Leyssens, is VP Global Operations, Cargo of Swissport International, a global airport ground services and air cargo handler.
“I’m very excited to join the TIACA board and looking forward to working with all board members and Glyn [Hughes],” Leyssens says. “TIACA is placed exceptionally well to unite and support all stakeholders that want to make a difference in our industry.”
The organisation has proven to be more relevant than ever after in the past year and I’m thrilled I can contribute to its’ further success.”
Polmans continues: “As part of TIACA’s Transformation Program, we found it imperative that our Board represents the entire supply chain and we are working to ensure that this mandate is fulfilled.
“These new Board members fill roles within our Board that have been under-represented in the past. We look forward to the insight and expertise each of these industry leaders will bring to the table. Whilst our work to diversify our Board is far from over, we feel we have made a solid start.”