TIACA inducts four new members to board

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Following a year of internal re-organization and the changing of its governance structure, TIACA has announced the appointment of four new board members; Liana Coyne, Coyne Airways; Bob Chi, SATS; Manel Galindo, WebCargo; and Hendrik Leyssens, Swissport.

Each new board member has been vetted by the executive committee to ensure that the candidates not only share the association’s vision for the air cargo industry but also is in line with the mandate that was set by our Trustees to have a Board that fairly represents the membership by industry sector and region

“The last year has shown the world the value of the entire air cargo supply chain and what can be achieved when organizations collaborate effectively with a common purpose.  TIACA is the only global association that encompasses the entire supply chain within its membership and we are proud to have such a representative board steering the association in tackling the critical issues the industry faces,” stated Steven Polmans, TIACA chairman.

The new board members bring a wealth of experience and knowledge from their respective industry sectors and are eager to get to work.

Liana Coyne is the chief operating officer of Coyne Airways – Coyne Airways is the pioneering non-asset based cargo airline specializing in scheduled and chartered lift to niche destinations including Armenia, Georgia, Iraq, Afghanistan and around the Caucasus, Central Asia and Africa.

“I am thrilled to join the Board of TIACA. TIACA is in a unique position to represent and advocate on behalf of the air cargo industry, at a time when its importance has never been so underscored,” Coyne said. 

Manel Galindo is the co-founder of WebCargo, a platform that digitizes freight sales, pricing, and booking for thousands of logistics providers and carriers around the world.

“True change isn’t about one company. It’s about the entire industry identifying trends and adapting, together. I’m thrilled to join TIACA’s board to help do just that, collaborating with other players from across the value chain to turn digitalization into an asset,” Galindo states.

Bob Chi is the chief operating officer, gateway services of SATS – SATS Ltd is a ground handling operation that covers all Gateway Services operational units, covering cargo handling, passenger services, baggage and ramp handling as well as security services.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to be part of the TIACA Board, especially during this time, where air cargo supply chain is certainly playing a pivotal role in the recovery of the aviation industry. While the air freight industry transforms itself through digitization and in the face of unprecedented growth in the ecommerce, pharma and perishables trades flows, I believe TIACA will provide a good platform for open dialogue amongst key stakeholders on all matters affecting our industry. I look forward to the opportunity to engage with partners in topics that are pertinent to all of us. Thank you,” Chi said.

Hendrik Leyssens, is VP Global Operations, Cargo of Swissport International – Swissport International is a global airport ground services and air cargo handler. 

“I’m very excited to join the TIACA board and looking forward to working with all board members and Glyn. TIACA is placed exceptionally well to unite and support all stakeholders that want to make a difference in our industry,” said Leyssens. “The organisation has proven to be more relevant than ever after in the past year and I’m thrilled I can contribute to its’ further success.”


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