Industry doyen, Glyn Hughes to lead TIACA
The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) just announced that Glyn Hughes will take on the newly created role of Director General. He will manage the team, work with the board of directors, the members and the industry partners to establish and implement TIACA’s vision and strategic objectives and advance the overall cargo agenda. Hughes is set to start his tenure at TIACA in February 2021.
“Over the past year, TIACA has fundamentally transformed itself which will enable the association to serve its current members better with greater relevance and attract new ones. I fully support TIACA’s new direction and its unique position to unite and represent the entire airfreight industry. I will be honored to work with such an engaged board of directors, the team and the members to implement TIACA’s new vision and mission,” stated Hughes. “Our industry is and will be facing challenging times ahead and I am determined and excited to contribute to making it stronger and to work with all to lead this industry towards a more efficient and sustainable future.”
Hughes brings over 36 years of industry experience including leadership roles in air cargo, passenger, financial, training and industry affairs. Before joining TIACA, Hughes led a team of cargo experts at IATA, as its global head of cargo.
“Although the Covid-19 crisis has brought a spotlight on air cargo working hard to deliver essential medicine and supplies fast and safely, despite the global lockdown, the global pandemic has also highlighted the urgent need for air cargo to accelerate its digital and sustainable transformation, to develop collaborative business models and speak with a united voice to come out of this unprecedented crisis more resilient. I am convinced TIACA is in an ideal position to bring all the industry stakeholders together, including air cargo businesses, governments, shippers and global organisations to enable this change. I am committed to building bridges between industry players to tackle the challenges and helping the industry get ready for the transportation of Covid-19 vaccines which will be one of my first priorities at TIACA next year, commented Hughes.
Hughes has been a strong proponent of innovation and sustainability of air cargo, driving change with initiatives supporting the emerging air cargo talent, cargo modernisation and transformation and recognising initiatives driving positive change in the industry through annual awards however hsi first challenge will undoubtedly be to quash industry discomfort at what has looked like a touch of cronyism at the organisation.
There has been a series of increasingly close personal connections between Tiaca, its board and its partners, with many pundits resorting to making such comments on social media and it is believed that many in the industry will be urging Mr Hughes to ensure more transparency in Tiaca’s appointments, partners and contract decisions.
Hughes will be reporting to TIACA’s board of directors and will take over the leading role from Céline Hourcade, appointed last May by the board to drive TIACA’s transformation and manage the association ad interim.