Steen Pilots Change At TIACA
it a Monday surprise or a blockbuster step to a new beginning –
at long last, an air cargo organization steps up to the plate for real
The International Air Cargo Association
(TIACA) will officially name Michael Steen its new Chairman next week
(January 24), a move viewed in many circles as a signal that TIACA will
further widen its involvement in all aspects of air cargo, especially
as it comes fresh on the heels of an upbeat Air Cargo Forum in Amsterdam
No doubt, for TIACA business as usual
will be unusual from now on.
The revelation behind this dramatic news
is a concentrated wake–up call by industry stakeholders to finally
get involved for change, as air cargo industry trade organizations and
collateral trade show effectiveness become further blurred amidst the
plethora of opportunities and events conducted every year.
Michael Steen, who also serves as Executive
Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Atlas Air World Holdings,
leaves little doubt the organization is out to make a difference.
further indication that it means business, TIACA has also announced
Oliver Evans, (right) Chief Cargo Officer at Swiss International Air
Lines and Jason Foote, (left) VP International Air Operations, UPS Airlines,
as new board members.
All of the aforementioned are top industry
executives leading successful, highly charged businesses.
The possibility seems remote that any
of these gentlemen will suffer fools or are out to waste their valuable
To his credit, Steens’s first order
of business is to praise his predecessor, Uli Ogiermann.
Mr. Ogiermann did nothing but good things
He brought the organization back to AMS
last year and ATL in 2012 after some really lousy trade show venues.
But beyond that, he inspired the TIACA
Board and membership into the kind of cooperative action air cargo needs
to really work in the century ahead.
Now snagged up in the ongoing price-fixing
uproar, reportedly with the support of Cargolux, Uli finds out here
that Michael Steen and others in air cargo are grateful.
“Uli Ogiermann has done an outstanding
job during his tenure as Chairman of TIACA by developing the organization
into a leading industry platform with a strong focus on the most pressing
“He has been instrumental in forging
closer relationships with several industry organizations, work which
we now will continue to build on for the future,” said Michael
“On behalf of TIACA’s Board
of Directors, I would like to thank Uli for his outstanding contribution
and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”
Read that as saying that air cargo people
everywhere hope that Uli Ogiermann, a straight shooter if there ever
was one, comes out OK.
Looking ahead, Michael Steen notes:
new formation and success of the Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG)
together with IATA, FIATA and the Global Shippers Forum will be a large
part of TIACA’s focus in 2011.
“The group will jointly address
key issues such as security, global trade facilitation, e-freight and
overall industry standards.
“We will also intensify our industry
affairs activities within TIACA itself.
“I am also delighted to report that
through excellent work by TIACA’s education and research committee,
we will launch an air cargo education and development program in close
collaboration with the Federation of East African Freight Forwarders
Association, which will be kicked off in Nairobi, Kenya in early 2011.
“The organization had a great year
in 2010 and delivered good results in many areas: first of all, we had
good interactions with lawmakers both in the United States and in the
EU, crowned by a meeting between our chairman Uli Ogiermann and EU Commissioner
for Transport, Mr. Kallas, with a focused dialogue regarding the need
for close collaboration regarding decisions concerning international
trade and security which could impact the air cargo industry.
“It was decided that TIACA would
provide data continuously to Mr. Kallas to ensure that lawmakers gets
an accurate industry perspective.
“TIACA also launched the ‘air
logistics network,’ which provides TIACA’s members with
a reference center, offering useful links and information regarding
practical regulatory and commercial reference tools.
“TIACA’s overall membership
expanded and I am happy to note that we saw good growth in the freight
forwarder and shipper segments as well as increased membership in the
Asia Pacific region.
“The excellent Air Cargo Forum in
Amsterdam featured great attendance (reportedly 3,300) and a very well
coordinated event in good collaboration between the Dutch organizing
committee and TIACA’s event committee.
“But no doubt our major challenge
is clearly to continue to deliver value to our members through good
collaboration with the ‘GACAG’ as well as through our various
TIACA’s continued efforts in ensuring
that security regulations are addressed with a focus on what’s
best for air cargo and commerce in general is obviously on top of our
agenda for 2011.
“Through our newly formed collaboration
with IATA, FIATA and the GSF, the organization will obviously attend
the IATA forum in Turkey as well as FIATA’s upcoming events in
order to address its membership on key industry matters.
“But perhaps more importantly, TIACA
will continue its participation in various political forums both on
Capitol Hill as well as in Brussels, and collaborate closely with global
trade organizations as well as the global customs organization.”
We wonder which segment of TIACA's vast
operations is performing best and which holds the most promise?
“I think that it is fair to say
that TIACA has positioned itself as a platform for industry collaboration
where key issues are addressed, with a strong focus on making our great
industry even better!”