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   Vol. 17 No. 6
Wednesday January 31, 2018

We Like Mike Named CNS President

      To quote the great Mel Brooks in the movie History of the World Part One:
      “It’s good to be King.”
      For air cargo, the good just got better as IATA named Mike White as Cargo Network Services President.
      As we wrote on November 27: “We Like Mike.”
      Now that progressive Lionel Van Der Walt has moved on to greener fields, long-serving “Steady” Mike White, who rises from his current post of Vice President, Government & Industry Relations, is the perfect choice as the next President of CNS.

Too Many CNS Presidents

      Mike offers a steady hand to the CNS Presidency, a position that has recently become a regularly revolving door of executives.
      He will bring continuity to CNS, which is responsible for providing a solid industry foundation to advance the airline forwarder partnership.

Why Steady Mike Matters

      Mike is a proven expert in every phase of the airline forwarder partnership. He has been a key player at CNS since 2008, fronting issues affecting our industry from his base in Washington, D.C.

Trade Excellence

      Steady Mike is a recognized leader in the air cargo industry’s efforts for improving security, e-commerce transformation, trade facilitation, and on regulatory matters.
      He serves on the TSA Aviation Security Advisory Committee working group on air cargo, the Canada Border Services Agency North American Single Window Approach Working Group, and the IATA Cargo Security Task Force.
      In 2015 the Secretaries of Treasury and DHS appointed Steady Mike to the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) representing the international air carriers.
      Mr. White currently helps lead U.S. industry efforts for development of standards for the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS), the adoption of the electronic consignment security declaration, launch of the IATA e-commerce efforts in the United States, and head of cargo facilitation efforts on behalf of IATA in the U.S.
      Steady Mike also served as a senior representative for trade during the development of the U.S. air cargo known shipper program, the indirect air carrier program, and the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program after the events of TWA flight 800 and 9-11.

Frontier Air Cargo From The Ramp Up

      Mike White’s career has covered many areas of the airline and air cargo industry.
      He began at Frontier Airlines in Lincoln, Nebraska.
      In 1986 he joined United Airlines, where he held key management positions in passenger, cargo, and ramp operations across the U.S.
      In 1999 Mr. White was named Managing Director of Cargo for the Air Transport Association in Washington and helped lead industry efforts for many of the changes to customs and security post 9/11.

Legend Of The Midwest

      There is a relatable quality to Mike White, born, I think in his upbringing in Lincoln, Nebraska.
      He certainly has the smarts, but he is also refreshingly easy to talk to—low key, with assured confidence.
      Steady Mike White seems practically unexcitable.

Right Place, Right Time

      Right now the last thing CNS needs is one more short-term president, and maybe that is the best reason for “Steady Mike” at the helm in 2018.
      He is in the right place at the right time and we look forward to his steady hand to bring continuity and continuance in developing the fine agenda established by Lionel and the Board at CNS.
      Steady Mike has the desire, the chops, and the unparalleled expertise to take a great legacy organization to new heights.
      Welcome aboard, Mike.
      “We like Mike!”

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