IATA’s Hughes to take director general role at TIACA

By Damian Brett

IATA’s current head of cargo Glyn Hughes will take up the newly created role of director general at TIACA, from February next year.

In his new role, he will manage the team, work with the board of directors, the members and industry partners to establish and implement TIACA’s vision and strategic objectives and advance the overall cargo agenda.

Hughes brings more than 36 years of industry experience including leadership roles in air cargo, passenger, financial, training and industry affairs. Earlier this year, it was revealed that he would be leaving his IATA role on a voluntary basis as part of wider re-organisation.

Hughes said: “Over the past year TIACA has fundamentally transformed itself which will enable the association to serve its current members better with greater relevance and attract new ones. I fully support TIACA’s new direction and its unique position to unite and represent the entire airfreight industry.

“I will be honored to work with such an engaged board of directors, the team and the members to implement TIACA’s new vision and mission.

“Our industry is and will be facing challenging times ahead and I am determined and excited to contribute to making it stronger and to work with all to lead this industry towards a more efficient and sustainable future.”

“Although the Covid-19 crisis has brought a spotlight on air cargo working hard to deliver essential medicine and supplies fast and safely, despite the global lockdown, the global pandemic has also highlighted the urgent need for air cargo to accelerate its digital and sustainable transformation, to develop collaborative business models and speak with a united voice to come out of this unprecedented crisis more resilient.

“I am convinced TIACA is in an ideal position to bring all the industry stakeholders together, including air cargo businesses, governments, shippers and global organizations to enable this change.

“I am committed to building bridges between industry players to tackle the challenges and helping the industry get ready for the transportation of Covid-19 vaccines which will be one of my first priorities at TIACA next year,” commented Hughes.

Steven Polmans, chair of TIACA’s board of directors, added: “Glyn is a charismatic and a highly respected leader who has an unparalleled track record over the past three decades, of driving change in the air cargo industry and promoting its value to governments, partners and across the aviation industry.

“We were looking for an exceptional individual, passionate about the air cargo industry and committed to making a long-lasting impact: Glyn is exactly the leader we needed. I am thrilled to have Glyn onboard and look forward to working with him in the years to come to realize the potential of the newly transformed TIACA in supporting, leading and uniting the entire air cargo industry.”

Glyn Hughes will be reporting to TIACA’s board of directors and will take over the leading role from Céline Hourcade, appointed last May by the board to drive TIACA’s transformation and manage the association on an interim basis.

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