Ulrich Ogiermann, President & CEO of Cargolux Airlines International, has been elected as the new Chairman of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA).

He was formerly Vice Chairman of the Association during the two-year Chairmanship of Jack Boisen, retired Vice President Cargo for Continental Airlines, who completed his term of office at TIACA’s AGM recently in Vancouver, Canada.

TIACA members have also elected a new Vice Chairman; Michael Steen, Chief Marketing Officer of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings.

Setting out his goals as Chairman, Ulrich Ogiermann, said his aim is to make TIACA a stronger voice on all of the current, pressing industry topics, develop closer cooperation with other trade organisations to raise the profile of air cargo, and increase the level of dialogue with shippers and forwarders about their future air cargo transportation needs.

He said: ‘TIACA has great potential as it represents all players in the global supply chain - from airports, handling agents, GSAs and airlines to the customers, the forwarders. I want to take this opportunity to develop the Association’s potential for the benefit of its members and the global cargo community and I think we are embarking on an exciting journey.

‘We will certainly look at setting priorities in our committee structure. We have great quality in terms of the people that will be involved in TIACA committees but recognise that we can only ask for a limited amount of their time. Therefore we need to be highly focussed in our goals and objectives to optimise the time we are given by so many senior industry executives. Our target is to create a re-energized and refocused set of committees.’

Ulrich Ogiermann studied economics in Frankfurt before joining Lufthansa Airlines and serving in Frankfurt, Los Angeles and Johannesburg. In 1998, he joined Cargolux as Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing and took over as President and CEO in 2003.

Michael Steen is responsible for all aspects of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings commercial activities, including all revenue streams, airline strategy, new products and services, brand positioning, customer relations and marketing communications. He has extensive experience in air cargo and logistics, having served as Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain Logistics at DHL, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Exel and Vice President for the Americas and Vice President Global Sales and Marketing for KLM Cargo. (TIACA)