IATA appoints Brendan Sullivan as the new Global Head of Cargo

On Monday, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the appointment of Brendan Sullivan as the organisation’s Global Head of Cargo with immediate effect.

Mr Sullivan is preceded by Glyn Hughes, who left the organisation in January to serve in his new role in The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), as the first Director-General of the association. Since Hughes departure, Mr Sullivan has been working as the interim Global Head of cargo alongside his role as the Head of Cargo Operations and E-Commerce.

Brendan Sullivan has around two decades of experience in the air cargo industry, of which he has spent 14 years at IATA. In his key achievements, he has led two key IATA initiatives:

  • The One Source platform: This provides comprehensive information on infrastructure capabilities critical to taking advantage of special cargo and e-commerce activities.
  • The IATA FACE Campaign: This builds the next generation of air cargo leadership by attracting, developing, and retaining young talent within the air cargo industry. Over 200 cargo professionals are engaged in the initiative.

Mr Sullivan, in 2000, commenced his career in the air cargo industry at Air Canada, where he gained frontline operational experience and developed expertise in dangerous goods handling that facilitated his transition to IATA in 2007.

Brendan will be a great Global Head of Air Cargo. He knows the industry from frontline operations to the development of global standards. He recognizes the critical need for modernization 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 the airline business.”

~ Nick Careen, Senior Vice President for Operations, Safety, and Security, IATA

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