Masao Nishi will receive the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) 2022 Distinguished Service Award during the Opening General Session at in September 2022. Nishi is a supply chain management, logistics, and transportation professional. Currently, he is principal at M. Nishi Strategic Advisory. Previously he was vice-president, supply chain management and a corporate officer at Sysco Corporation. Before Sysco, he was a senior executive at several technology start-up businesses, partner at KPMG Consulting, vice-president at Sabre Group and Manugistics (Blue Yonder), and president of a subsidiary at Leaseway Transportation (Penske). He has served in various roles for CSCMP since 1980. Currently, he is the chair for the supply chain and analytics advisory board at the University of Missouri – Saint Louis and also sits on the McKelvey engineering alumni advisory board at Washington University. He has an undergraduate engineering degree in applied mathematics and computer science and an MBA, both from Washington University in St. Louis.
IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the winners of the third edition of the IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards. Güliz Öztürk – CEO, Pegasus Airlines was recognized as the Inspirational Role Model. Kanchana Gamage, founder and director of The Aviatrix Project, won the High Flyer Award. airBaltic was recognized for its Diversity & Inclusion Team.
As the first female CEO in the field of air transportation in the history of Turkish civil aviation, Öztürk joined Pegasus in 2005. As chief commercial officer she pioneered numerous diversity and inclusion initiatives. Öztürk is also the co-chair of the airline’s Women in Sales Network, a company-wide initiative to improve gender balance in commercial departments.
A diversity champion from an ethnic minority background, UK-based Gamage is a role model for the next generation of women. Having worked on bridging the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) gap, particularly in relation to the under representation of women in the aviation industry, Gamage launched The Aviatrix Project in 2015. The aim of the project is to raise awareness, particularly among women and girls but also people from diverse backgrounds, about aviation as a potential career choice. As part of the project, Gamage works closely with primary and secondary schools in the United Kingdom as well as higher education institutions to encourage girls to pursue STEM options and raise enthusiasm for aviation careers. The project also offers flights, bursaries, and a mentoring program for aspiring pilots as well as support for parents.
AirBaltic is recognized for promoting gender equality across the company. The airline has a 50 percent gender split among all managers and 64 percent of women managers have been promoted internally to their current positions. In addition, AirBaltic has worked on reducing the gender pay gap to six percent, which is well below the European average.