Smirr Pioneers Fraport
Anne Smirr, Sales-Marketing Manager, Fraport Cargo Services
“Sometimes you walk in on a joke you
weren’t supposed to hear, furthermore, I don’t know how to
pack a pallet,” declared Anne Smirr, the sales manager at Fraport
Cargo Services, on how it is being a woman in the cargo business. “I
started here when I was 22, and it wasn’t always easy,” Ms.
Smirr said. “To some extent, it’s still a man’s world.”
She’s been at Fraport for almost a decade now.
Ms. Smirr said there’s an efficient
and creative mix of people working in the FCS-team:
“I come from university, other colleagues
made their way through the cargo industry. I see the benefit in the combination
of both worlds, because all parties bring different skills and talents
into the company and can complement each other.” Another
aspect of the work she likes: the many different cultures she meets both
at Fraport and through her customers.
At the moment, she said she’s busy
with the start of holiday cargo season, preparing for upcoming marketing
at trade shows around the world, and also renegotiating contracts with
customers for next year.
Ms. Smirr studied economics at the university
of Mannheim through a Fraport sponsored program, and then started with
the company - first at Frankfurt Hahn, with a short stint working in the
controlling department there.
Her words of advice for young women that
might want to get into the air cargo business:
“Be flexible and have patience. If
you prove to people that you are reliable and can be trusted, you’ll
get respect,” words to live by in any business, really. “In
this business and this environment, people are open and direct; you can
sometimes get negative feedback about something, but you talk about it
and it’s soon forgotten,” she said.