Steve Gunning is the new Chairman of the IATA Cargo Committee
Steve Gunning, the Managing Director of International Airlines Group (IAG) Cargo, which includes British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo, has been announced as the new Chairman of the IATA Cargo Committee on 15 March 2012 at the sixth World Cargo Symposium in Kuala Lumpur.
He has served on the Cargo Committee since 2007 and brings 14 years of industry experience to this important role that he took over Ram C. Menen, Divisional Senior Vice President of Emirates, who will remain in the Committee.
The Committee was created in 1993 to report to the IATA Board of Governors on cargo priorities.
The Cargo Committee consists of 15 members representing IATA airlines. The current members, in addition to IAG Cargo are the heads of Cargo of Air Canada, Cargolux, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Air France-KLM, Korean Air, LAN, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, South-African Airways, Thai Airways, United Airlines and UPS.
Cargo Committee activities encompass cargo safety and security, forwarder-carrier relations, automation, handling, regulatory development, quality standards and projects.
At the Closing Plenary session in Kuala Lumpur, Steve Gunning set six priorities for his two year term in the Cargo Committee:
2) e-Commerce: e-freight & e-AWB
3) Modernizing agency agreements
4) Improving the communication of the Cargo Committee activities and achievements
5) IATA Cargo Governance review
6) Increasing the profile of Air Cargo
Gunning, expressing his enthusiasm at becoming the chairman of the Cargo Committee, stressed the importance of the air cargo industry to the global economy and named it as a critical part of the airline business. He also emphasized how vital air cargo is in many areas of human everyday life. This was depicted in the IATA Value of Air Cargo poster campaign exhibited at Kuala Lumpur International Airport through a dedicated display tunnel praised by Gunning and still available to visit until the end of April.