Emirates Skycargo’s Henrik Ambak elected Cargo iQ Vice Chair as Qatar Airways Cargo and Swissport join the board
Qatar Airways Cargo’s Nadeem Sultan and Hendrik Leyssens from Swissport elected to the Cargo iQ Board
Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, 1st June 2018 – Cargo iQ has for the first time welcomed Board members from Qatar Airways Cargo and Swissport, and announced Henrik Ambak, Senior Vice President, Cargo Operations Worldwide, Emirates SkyCargo as its new Vice Chairman.
Nadeem Sultan, Vice President – Global Cargo Operations at Qatar Airways Cargo, and Hendrik Leyssens, Head of Global Operations – Cargo at Swissport, will be their companies’ first representatives on the Cargo iQ board.
Ambak brings over three decades of experience in air cargo, starting his career in freight forwarding, and moving to ground handling, before joining Cargolux to oversee all aspects of cargo and ground operations.
He joined Emirates in 2014, where he is responsible for all Emirates SkyCargo’s operations at its hub in Dubai, UAE, as well as more than 150 outstations globally.
“The Cargo iQ journey of close industry collaboration has rendered air cargo as the only mode of transport with a standard cross-industry quality management and measurement approach – quite a feat,” said Ambak.
Sultan has over 18 years’ experience in air transport, including roles in cargo network operations, cargo sales & marketing, safety and security compliance, and freighter operations. He joined Qatar Airways Cargo in 2014 after working with Atlas Air.
“I am honoured to have been elected as Cargo iQ’s board member and I thank IATA and the Cargo iQ members for giving me this opportunity,” said Sultan.
“At a time when the industry faces innumerable challenges, collaboration by all parties in the logistics chain is paramount.
“Like Cargo iQ, Qatar Airways Cargo believes in excellence and along with my fellow board members, we look forward to further paving a successful path of process control, quality monitoring and services improvements for air cargo.”
Leyssens joined Swissport in 2012 to develop and implement quality standards and KPIs at Swissport Cargo Services, and now oversees the global management of its cargo processes, standards and systems, including Cargo iQ.
“Swissport was one of the first members to join Cargo iQ and our commitment to quality delivery in our cargo operations is well recognised,” said Leyssens.
“Our appointment is a sign of Swissport’s good standing in the cargo community.
“This shall encourage us to continue delivering best-in-class services.”
Both Emirates SkyCargo and Qatar Airways Cargo were recently awarded Cargo iQ Certification through Cargo iQ’s new Audit Scheme administered by independent auditors SGS. Swissport will be audited under the new scheme in the following months.
Also joining the Board are Rutger Jan Pegels – Director, Performance Management at KLM Cargo, and Markus Muecke, Global Head Air Freight Procurement and Product Management at Panalpina, who will continue to hold the seats for their companies.
Max Sauberschwarz – Vice President and Global Head of Carrier & Gateway Air Logistics at Kuehne + Nagel, Jens Appel – Vice President Performance Management at Lufthansa Cargo, and Henrik Ambak have been re-elected to continue to represent their companies.
The Cargo iQ Board consists of 13 seats that are elected by members for two years, and this year there were seven seats up for election.
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About Cargo iQ
Cargo iQ is an IATA interest group with the mission of creating and implementing quality standards for the worldwide air cargo industry.
Cargo iQ operates as a not-for-profit membership group supported by IATA and composed of over 80 major airlines, freight forwarders, ground-handling agents, trucking companies and IT solution providers globally.
Cargo iQ members developed a system of shipment planning and performance monitoring for air cargo based on common business processes and milestones.
As part of that system, the Cargo iQ Master Operating Plan (MOP), which has been endorsed by IATA as a recommended industry practice, describes the standard end-to-end process of transporting air cargo.