Glyn Hughes has been named the new global head of cargo at the International Air Transport Association, replacing Des Vertannes, who announced at the end of March that he would retire this month after four years in the role.
Industry speculation at the CNS conference in May pegged Huges, IATA’s director of cargo distribution, as Vertannes’ successor. When pressed during the conference, IATA head Tony Tyler only said an announcement would be forthcoming. Hughes will officially take over on June 9.
"I am delighted that Glyn has agreed to become our new head of cargo,” Tyler said in a statement announcing the appointment. “He has worked very closely with Des Vertannes these past four years and is well-placed to continue the important work of driving the transformation of the air cargo business and supporting our members in the delivery of industry objectives. He is well known and respected across the air cargo industry, and I know he will have tremendous goodwill and support.”
Hughes has been with IATA since 1991 and has been involved with the organization’s most important cargo programs, including the Global Air Cargo Advisory Group.
“After a long and incredibly fulfilling career in air cargo, the time
has come for me to pass on the baton and spend some more time with my
family. This is not a decision I have taken easily,” Vertannes said at the time of his announcement.
Before accepting the high-level IATA role, Vertannes worked as the
executive vice president for cargo at Etihad Airlines. He started his
career in air cargo at British Airways, where he worked in various cargo
management and sales positions.