Cool Chain Association appoints two new board members

Board members will be driving new working groups focused on initiatives & programmes with Pharma.aero and Cargo iQ

Cool Chain Association appoints two new board members
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L-R: Natalie Niers, Chief Operating Officer, Validaide, and Ian Buck, Head of Business Development, AEROTUF

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The Cool Chain Association (CCA) has announced the appointment of Natalie Niers, Chief Operating Officer, Validaide, and Ian Buck, Head of Business Development, AEROTUF as the new board members.

Stavros Evangelakakis, Chairman, CCA, and Head of Global Healthcare, Cargolux Airlines says: “We are committing to new projects to drive quality in the temperature-controlled supply chain and our new board members bring decades of experience in the sector and a new enthusiasm to help us do just that. Our board now includes experts from across the supply chain, which will help us understand challenges as well as a new perspective on solutions to improve the cool chain.”

CCA board members will be driving the new working groups focused on initiatives including a project comparing air with sea transportation driven by the Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB) as well as programmes working with Pharma.aero and Cargo iQ, says an official release.

Niers has over 20 years of supply chain experience, including with Nike and Bier and Co, where she witnessed first-hand the risks of product waste during transportation. She says: “By joining the CCA board, I aim to help increase collaboration across different parties in the supply chain in a neutral environment to look at how we can work together to ensure less wastage in temperature controlled pharma and perishable shipments. Given my background, I hope to help create practical and operational examples and processes to increase the quality and efficiency of the temperature-controlled supply chain.”

Buck has over 20 years experience of working in packaging in the cool supply chain including Sonoco Thermosafe and SCA Cool Logistics. “My aim is to couple my experience across a variety of perishable markets and verticals, with an in-depth knowledge of temperature protection, control and monitoring products, to drive collaboration and innovation within our membership, and to a wider audience in this space,” says Buck.

Additionally, Vijan Chetty, General Manager, PPECB has been appointed as the new Treasurer and Gerton Hulsman, commercial director, Energy in Process, has been elected as an advisory board member.

Vijan Chetty, General Manager, PPECB and Treasurer, CCA

Vijan Chetty, General Manager, PPECB and Treasurer, CCA

Chetty has over 25 years of experience working in the temperature-controlled supply chain, which has included operational roles as well as senior management with the PPECB. He replaces Miguel Rodriguez who is stepping down from the CCA board to pursue academic interests.

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