Willie Walsh has officially taken on the role of director general of IATA. He succeeds Alexandre de Juniac. Walsh was confirmed at the IATA Annual General Meeting on November 24, 2020. He joins IATA after a 40-year career in the airline industry, having retired from the International Airlines Group (IAG) in September 2020 where he was CEO since its inception in 2011. Before that he was CEO of British Airways (2005-2011) and CEO of Aer Lingus (2001-2005). He began his career in aviation at Aer Lingus in 1979 as a cadet pilot.Walsh served on the IATA Board of Governors for almost 13 years between 2005 to 2018, including as chair in 2016-2017.
International Cargo Handling Coordination Association
The International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) has appointed Richard Steele as the new head of ICHCA International. He will take over the role with effect from July 2021, on the retirement of Richard Brough. Reporting directly to the board, Steele will lead the organization. He is a safety and skills professional with a masters degree in training and development who has been involved in the ports industry for over 21 years. He is currently the chief executive at Port Skills and Safety, an organization he has led for 11 years. Before PSS Steele was the senior learning and development manager for Associated British Ports for 10 years.
Polar Leasing, which offers mobile walk-in cooler rental units, has named Timothy Hinton as national fleet manager. Hinton will maintain relationships with more than 80 Polar Leasing depots to will manage the more than 1,600 mobile units in the Polar Leasing rental fleet. Previously, he was account manager for The Hubbard Company after serving eight years as a staff sergeant in the United States Army. He holds a degree in business management from the University of Toledo.
A.P. Moller – Maersk
The Board of Directors of A.P. Moller – Maersk have appointed chief technology and information officer (CTIO) Navneet Kapoor to the executive board. The appointment is both a recognition of the role technology plays for the transformation of A.P. Moller – Maersk, and Kapoor’s strategic leadership capabilities. Kapoor has been with the company since 2017 and has held the position of CTIO since February 2020. Previously, he was senior vice-president, technology at Target Corporation. He also held leadership roles in General Electric. He has a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.