BRENDAN Sullivan has been appointed as the new global head of cargo at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), writes Thelma Etim.

Alongside his role as the association’s head of freight operations and e-commerce, he has been acting as global head of cargo since January of this year after the departure of predecessor Glyn Hughes.

Sullivan began his airfreight career with Air Canada in 2000, where he attained frontline operational experience and developed a special expertise in dangerous goods handling, before joining the association in 2007, says a statement.

Among his achievements at the global air transport body are two key current IATA cargo initiatives: the One Source platform, which is a comprehensive list of approved aviation service organisations – including airlines, airports, cargo handling facilities, freight forwarders, ground handlers, shippers, and trucking companies – that, according to their individual requirements, points customers to the best providers at the right locations and with the correct certifications; and the IATA Future Air Cargo Executives (FACE) campaign, which is designed to attract and develop the next generation of talented leaders for the industry.

The announcement of Sullivan’s appointment follows the departure some months ago of Glyn Hughes, who quit the role at the end of January opting for voluntary redundancy. The association had previously confirmed in September 2020 that Hughes was stepping down, whilst also revealing: “Due to the devastating economic effects of COVID-19 on the aviation industry, IATA is undergoing a restructuring process to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organisation.”

Nick Careen, the association’s senior vice-president for operations, safety and security, believes Sullivan will be a “great” global head of air cargo. “He knows the industry from frontline operations to the development of global standards. He recognises the critical need for modernisation to meet the needs of air cargo’s biggest business opportunities – e-commerce and special cargo. ​​​​And, he has the passion to drive a post-crisis agenda that will strengthen air cargo’s contribution to the global economy and to the airline business,” Careen points out.

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