PayCargo continues to grow as executive team changes revealed

Lionel van der Walt, president and chief executive officer of the Americas, PayCargo

PayCargo has announced the appointment of two new executives and a third change to its management line up as the business continues to grow.

In July, the payment system appointed Lionel van der Walt as president and chief executive of its Americas business.

“My focus at PayCargo is to further strengthen the company as the world’s leading and fastest growing online payment platform for the shipping and cargo industry,” said van der Walt.

“The Americas is an exciting region and a hub of technological development, which aligns with our values as an innovative technology solutions provider.

“Digital technology and online payment systems are no longer just predictions for the future of freight, they are already here, and we are proud to provide best in class solutions to our partners and clients as the industry continues to evolve.”

Van der Walt spent over a decade at IATA where he held various leadership roles based out of South Africa, Spain, and the US, including president at CNS, IATA’s cargo subsidiary in the USA.

Before joining PayCargo as chief executive of The Americas, van der Walt was chief executive at the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC), and was a serving member of PayCargo’s Board of Directors from April 2018.

Van der Walt replaced Eduardo Del Riego as chief executive of The Americas, who is now leading PayCargo’s global strategies and expansions as global chief executive.

Another recent appointment at PayCargo is Brian Akers who is taking on the role of vice president, sales, and will work alongside Timothy Walton, vice president, sales, who has been with PayCargo since 2013.

Akers has more than 20 years of experience in global logistics through leading teams across the US, Canada, and Latin America.

“I am very excited about joining PayCargo as an opportunity to expand our customer base with the world’s leading and fastest growing online payment platform for the shipping and cargo industry,” said Akers.

“The industry today is looking for innovative ways to reduce time and cost in the supply chain and at the same time, maintaining visibility.

“PayCargo provides a simplified process that allows our customers to Ship, Click and Pay.”

PayCargo’s Leonardo Hanon is also moving from the role of assistant vice president, sales, to assistant vice president, operations.

Hanon has more than 20 years of experience in management and leadership and he will lead the day-to-day operations of the customer service team.

Since July, the company has dded 13 new vendor customers.

Meanwhile, earlier in the year, it teamed up with IATA to create the IATA-PayCargo System, a settlement system for the air cargo industry.

Brian Akers, Vice President, Sales, PayCargo

Brian Akers, Vice President, Sales, PayCargo

Leonardo Hanon, Assistant Vice President, Operations, PayCargo

Leonardo Hanon, Assistant Vice President, Operations, PayCargo

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector.After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015.Contact me on [email protected]