Former TIACA Chairman
Our air cargo industry competes fiercely against other modes of transport for the customer’s choice when it comes to the global supply chain. Despite the substantially higher costs, shippers entrust us with close to 40% of the value of all goods traded across the globe. And so we have a thriving industry comprising a wide range of distinct entities, from integrators to freighter or combination airlines, to forwarders, truckers, ground handlers, IT providers, and many more, offering a vast range of different supply chain solutions to suit every need.
Digitalization is driving innovation and disruption at an ever-increasing pace in all kinds of industries, and therefore for all users of airfreight. This is putting unprecedented pressure on all of us to redouble and accelerate our efforts to transform, adapt, and streamline processes in concert with regulators.
TIACA’s agenda, focusing on Advocacy, Networking, Education, and Knowledge, has never been more relevant and urgent.
For me personally, nothing is more important than attracting the leaders of the future, motivating them, developing them, and offering to make them the agent of the massive change we must accomplish. We need their fresh, and sometimes radical ideas. We need their questions and impatience. We need their newmindset and mastery of social media and digital pathways.
My observation is that, as an industry, we did not struggle to attract talented individuals: after all, for a generation born to think and act globally, what industry is more ubiquitous and connected across borders?
But we did stifle their spirit by bending them to execute processes rather than challenging them, so that far too many left before reaching the top of their career ladder.
We at TIACA have been working very hard to create a platform for young executives from every segment of our wide constituency to mix with their peers, and with experienced top leaders: the Air Cargo Professional Development Program.
We have so far run two editions of the program, and have planned many more. I had the pleasure of participating in person at the latest one, in Johannesburg in February, as one of the ‘dragons’ or captains of industry. The energy, creativity, and drive in the room were phenomenal. With such enthusiasm, the future of our industry, and of TIACA, looks very bright, and I thank all the team that put the program together, our partner Strategic Aviation Solutions International, and the companies that sent their best young talent to attend.
(TIACA Times, Summer 2015)