Exclusive) Today—Monday, July 30
—is a red-letter day for Michael Vorwerk,
President of Cargo Network Services (CNS).
Four months ago during the CNS Partnership
Conference, he announced that he was stepping
down to return to Frankfurt and Lufthansa
We spoke to
Michael on Friday, who was upbeat and said:
on ‘workation’—still in
Florida. We are packing, and on Monday the
movers are coming to pick up our stuff to
ship it to Germany.
handed over all tasks and responsibilities
to Des Vertannes, the IATA Head of Cargo,
agreed that effective August 1, 2012, on an
ad interim basis, Des Vertannes will assume
full responsibility for CNSC until my successor
always an action guy, will hit the ground
running almost as soon as he returns home.
will see me return to Lufthansa Cargo in Germany
to take on new challenges.
be returning to Frankfurt to take over as
Head of Sales Development Germany, the most
important market for Lufthansa Cargo.
additionally assume responsibility as Board
Representative Air Cargo Gateway Frankfurt.
function, I am responsible for the strategic
project ‘Home base Frankfurt,’
one of the key elements of the future strategy
‘Lufthansa Cargo 2020.’”
indicates that he also has come to realize
that these past few years of his life have
enriched his experience and opened up new
avenues, friendships, and an understanding
of things that eclipses the long hours and
very hard work that were included in taking
up the reigns of the CNS Presidency.
most grateful for the opportunity to have
spent time here in Miami working with the
teams at CNS, C2K, and IATA.
knowledge, dedication, and enthusiasm for
our business made it a pleasure to be here,
despite it being a period of significant change
both internally and externally.
to all of them.”
Time at a position
of leadership and direction-building in the
air cargo business, which very few of this
industry have ever experienced, has definitely
left an indelible impression on Michael as
to what air cargo can do to better itself.
rather direct and not too complicated.
needs to continue to work toward heightening
awareness to the rest of the world about air
cargo in general; in other words to promote
the value of air cargo more, while working
on achieving a solid unified approach within
the business toward efficiencies, automation,
safety, and security.
can rightfully present itself to the world
at large as an attractive industry, where
talent rises to the top; as a place where
people like to work to build and drive all
of us to the next level in the years ahead.”
As he says goodbye
to public service in air cargo, he remains
quite determined, albeit understated, and
deflects taking credit for much, but we recently
learned of an educational outreach that has
just come forward from CNS during his tenure
that offers air cargo companies up to $1,000
of subsidized training for employees.
CNS, in partnership
with Broward College in Miami, has been approved
by Workforce Florida to provide cargo training
under a state-funded grant, entitled Quick
Response Training (QRT).
The grant is
designed to help subsidize air cargo training
in the State of Florida, with the intent to
help bolster international trade and export
to see everyone soon in Germany.
Michael Vorwerk said.