The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has appointed Brendan Sullivan as global head of cargo.
Sullivan has spent 14 years at IATA and has worked in the air cargo sector for 20 years. At IATA, he has served as acting global head of cargo since January, in addition to his role as head of cargo operations and e-commerce.
IATA credits Sullivan with leading two initiatives. The first is the ‘One Source’ platform, which provides information on infrastructure capabilities critical to taking advantage of special cargo and e-commerce activities.
The other is the ‘IATA FACE’ campaign, which aims to “build the next generation of air cargo leadership by attracting, developing, and retaining young talent within the air cargo industry”. More than 200 cargo professionals are engaged in the initiative.
Sullivan began his career in air cargo at Air Canada in 2000, where he gained frontline operational experience and developed expertise in dangerous goods handling.
“Brendan will be a great global head of air cargo,” said IATA’s senior vice president for operations, safety and security Nick Careen. “He knows the industry from frontline operations to the development of global standards. He recognises the critical need for modernisation to meet the needs of air cargo’s biggest business opportunities—e-commerce and special cargo.
“And he has the passion to drive a post-crisis agenda that will strengthen air cargo’s contribution to the global economy and to the airline business.”