Delta Cargo makes leadership changes as it seeks path to future commercial success

Rob Walpole

Rob Walpole has been named as vice president Delta Cargo. He replaces Shawn Cole, who has been appointed to the newly created position of vice president global sales, effective today (1 December).

To ensure that the cargo business is “a more integral” part of the commercial portfolio, Delta Cargo will join the company’s commercial organisation. Walpole will report to Steve Sear, executive vice president global sales and president-international.

“Through his prior leadership of the global commercial organisation and focus on operational excellence both internally and with our airline partners, Rob is well equipped to lead the Delta Cargo team on a path of continued growth and innovation,” said Sear.

Walpole joined Delta to lead Cargo’s global operations and logistics organisation in August 2019.

Cole will focus on “identifying enterprise-wide synergies with global corporate and travel management companies”, according to the company. He will report to senior vice president global sales Bob Somers.

“Shawn’s experience leading teams across the finance and cargo divisions make him uniquely qualified for this position,” said Somers. “During the past year, he has worked alongside the global sales team to develop new product offerings for our global customers supporting their growing cargo needs as a result of the pandemic.”

Cole has also been chairman of SkyTeam Cargo for the past three years.

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