Sebastiaan Scholte will be stepping down in June after more than two years as Chairman. Here, he reflects on his time at the helm of TIACA.
“TIACA has witnessed a renaissance over the last two years, which has seen the organization grow its global reach, settle its financial future, and establish new partnerships with respected organizations which will help drive our events.
Our new vision for the organization, which we launched in 2017, has provided a solid framework on which to develop new projects and cement our value proposition for members, from networking and training opportunities, to the initiation of the new Cargo Service Quality (CSQ) tool. CSQ went live in March, giving participating airports an opportunity to measure their performance, at the same time providing our industry with data that will in the long run benefit us all. It is this type of project that will have tangible benefits for TIACA members and for the industry at large, which we will continue to invest in.
Thanks to a growing number of collaborative projects and Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) we have also ensured that the voice of the air cargo industry is heard, and TIACA will continue this work under Steven Polmans’ (Director Cargo + Logistics Business Development, Brussels Airport) Chairmanship. We are now working with Eva international for the Executive Summit and Messe München for the Air Cargo Forum, which will help make these events even more professional and more worthwhile to attend.
Moving forward, we have ambitions to further develop our training and internship schemes and will be focusing on encouraging the next generation of air cargo leaders. TIACA’s achievements during my chairmanship have been very much a team effort and I have worked closely with our Vice Chairman Steven Polmans and Secretary General Vladimir Zubkov, as well as the team based in our Miami headquarters – Rachael Negron, TIACA Director of operations, and Kenneth Gibson, TIACA Business Development Manager, and all of the other Board Members.
In closing, I would like to extend my welcome to our new Board members. In Bertrand Schmoll, the Chairman of ECS Group, we have added the voice of the General Sales and Service Agents (GSSA), which often goes unheard. Dr Khalfan Al Shueili of Oman Aviation Services and Emir Pineda from Miami International Airport represent two important and developing air cargo regions, bringing new expertise. The membership of Neel Shah Jones, Global Head of Airfreight at Flexport, brings a technology representation to the Board that will ensure we have a cutting edge view of the industry. Turhan Özen’s insight, based on his extensive experience in cargo, will prove invaluable to the TIACA Board and its members.
TIACA is proud to be the only organization representing all sectors of the air cargo industry, and it has been an honor to be at the helm of an Association, which truly makes a difference for its members and for the air cargo industry. i wish the new management team the very best and look forward to a bright future for TIACA.