Pouwels to lead cargo team within new Schiphol aviation department

Bart Pouwels, currently director business development cargo at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, is to lead the cargo team in a new role effective from April.
Pouwels will report directly to the head of aviation marketing, cargo, and customer experience, Maaike van der Windt, and lead the dedicated cargo team.
In February this year, Schiphol announced that it was combining its cargo department with aviation marketing, with the current head of the freight business, Jonas van Stekelenburg, moving onto another role.
Stekelenburg, who has headed up Schiphol Cargo for close to three years, will support the development of the division, before leaving for a new challenge outside Schiphol this summer.
Said Pouwels: “I am dedicated to airfreight and am looking forward to using my experience to ensure the value of air cargo at Schiphol is recognised now and in the future.”  
Pouwels has been with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol since 2008 and has almost 20 years of experience in the air freight sector, starting his career with Jet Services as Key Account Manager, and moving to DHL where he spent ten years as Industry Manager Express & Freight. 
The new department at Schiphol will consist of five teams: Cargo; Route and Business Development; Traffic Analysis and Forecasting; Marketing & Communications; and Customer Experience. 
“Bart is a valuable part of the cargo team, and he, together with Saskia van Pelt and Ferry van der Ent, will continue to focus and support the air cargo industry and continue our Cargo Community initiatives,” said van der Windt. 
“Our (cargo) mission remains to connecting the Netherlands and to shape Europe’s smartest cargo hub. 
"Integrating cargo into a bigger division will put cargo closer to the heart of our organisation as it increases its proximity to the airport’s Management Board.” 
During his time with the Schiphol Cargo team, Pouwels has worked on projects involving slot allocation, aeronautical affairs, and airline account management. 
Said a Schiphol spokesperson: "Pouwels has been pivotal in the drive to digitalise the perishables and cool chain cargo flows at Schiphol, including the recent data sharing initiative by the Holland Flower Alliance." 
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