United Cargo has named Jan Krems, former vice president of the Americas for Air France/KLM/Martinair cargo, as its new president, replacing the recently departed Robbie Anderson, according to a spokeswoman for United Airlines.
Anderson, who was appointed to the position in October 2010, abruptly left United early this month. According to Krems, he will take over in mid-July.
Krems has worked as vice president of the Americas at Air France since 2006, first in Chicago then, after Air France-KLM's merger with Martinair, in Atlanta. Krems has worked in the Air France family since 1995, starting as a customer manager in Dubai for KLM Cargo, moving on every few years to jobs within the company in Singapore, Amsterdam and Paris.
In a statement released late Wednesday United's executive vice
president and chief operating officer, Greg Hart, highlighted Krems' "vast" experience.
"Jan's record of business success
and leadership excellence makes him uniquely qualified to lead United
Cargo as we work to continue our recent improvements and regain our
position as an industry leader," he stated.
In May, United saw its cargo revenue ton miles tick up 5.4 percent to 206,384. In the first five months of the year, United flew 985,945
cargo ton miles, a 6-percent increase over the same period in 2013.
The shift in United Cargo's look at the top follows Delta Air Lines' June 11 announcement that it will restructure its cargo operations to become part of the passenger side of the business. Tony Charaf, Delta's current chief cargo officer, who took over his old job back over after Neel Shah left the top cargo spot in September 2012, will retire Aug. 1 after 18 years at the airline. Under the new alignment, his position will disappear. Scott Barkley, managing director of cargo operations, will lead the cargo team at Delta, reporting to the senior vice president of customer service. Ray Curtis, vice president of global cargo sales, will now report to the senior vice president of global sales.