TIACA, The International Air Cargo Association, has appointed Sue Presti to represent its interests before the regulatory authorities and legislators in Washington, DC.

During the last 13 years Sue Presti has served as executive director of the Express Delivery & Logistics Association’s (XLA) Government Affairs Committee and, for two of those years, served simultaneously as executive director of XLA.

Based in Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC, she is well situated to monitor, analyze, advise, and represent TIACA before regulatory bodies as well as to work closely with other associations to build and maintain appropriate coalitions. She will work in coordination with John Raven who represents TIACA from his base in Brussels, home of the EU.

Sue will officially take up her new role with TIACA on August 1st 2008.

Jack Boisen, Chairman of TIACA, said: ‘Sue has a proven track record of accomplishing exactly the type of work TIACA needs to be done in Washington and Europe. John Raven is an excellent representative of our Association in Brussels and we will now be able to operate just as effectively in Washington where we also need the regulatory authorities and legislators to hear and understand the views and requirements of the air cargo industry.’

Sue Presti’s appointment follows a restructuring of TIACA’s Industry Affairs Committee to be more representative of the air cargo industry and to give the Association a stronger voice on regulatory issues impacting on the industry’s effectiveness as an engine for economic development and a vital component of world trade.

Commenting on her new role, she said: “I’m very excited about working with TIACA. At a time when so many different policies - particularly in the areas of security and the environment - have an immediate impact on air cargo operations, I hope this work can make a difference for TIACA members.”

TIACA is actively involved in representing the air cargo industry on many fronts with bodies including the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the European Civil Aviation Council, the World Customs Organization, World Bank and United Nations Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD). Through these working relationships, TIACA aims to represent the best interests of the air cargo industry on issues such as security, liberalization policy, EU transport strategies, customs regulation and facilitation. In the past year, through debates, consultations and conferences, TIACA representatives have also addressed issues including the authorized supply chain, customs and trade integrity, air cargo and the third world, data discipline, customs performance measurement, unique consignment identification and the ‘virtual border’.