Scholte takes CEO role at Kales

Sebastiaan Scholte

Sebastiaan Scholte has been appointed as the new chief executive of GSSA the Kales Group.

Scholte, who was previously chief executive of road feeder company Jan de Rijk Logistics, takes over from Dirk Hazenoot who decided to step down after having worked for almost 20 years for the company, of which the last 2 years as chief executive.

Scholte was until 2019 chairman of air cargo group TIACA and also had stints at Cargolux and AeroMexico.

“I want to thank Dirk for all his years of hard work and dedication, helping to grow Kales Group to become one of the leading GSSA’s in the world,” said Vikram Singh, group chief executive of World Freight Company, which owns Kales Group.

“Sebastiaan will bring with him a wealth of relevant experience and expertise in the airline and logistics industry,” he added. “We are happy to have him on board to lead the organisation successfully.”

Schiphol-headquartered Kales has over 30 offices in more than 20 European countries, as well as offices in Mumbai, Toronto, Quito and Bogota.

It represents more than 90 airlines, handling 250,000 tons of cargo and over 100,000 passenger tickets per annum.

Since it was establish by Peter Kales in 1994, the company’s scope of activities has broadened over the years.

Besides acting as GSSA for air cargo, Kales Airline Services is also a GSSA for passengers and charters.

“I am excited to join Kales Group” Scholte stated. “GSSA’s play a crucial role in the air cargo supply chain and Kales Group is a very well-known reputable brand in the market. I am looking forward to working with the Groups airline partners and growing the business”


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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]