July 2012: People
Swissport International has named Martin Sodergard senior vice president of cargo operations. Sodergard most recently supported Swissport’s operations in the U.S. as interim senior vice president of cargo for North America, and he subsequently began developing Swissport’s integrator-handling business. He replaces Guy Ghysels, who is transitioning to vice president of European cargo operations. Alan Wright has taken over Sodergard’s role in developing integrator handling. Another key change following Swissport’s acquisition of Flightcare Spain and Belgium is that Pedro Garcia is temporarily leaving his role as vice president of cargo information systems and is assuming a six-month assignment as integration manager.
The Cool Chain Association has announced several key changes to its board of directors. Jan de Rijk Logistics CEO and CCA Secretary General Sebastiaan Scholte is now chairman of the board, replacing Robert Arendal, who stepped down after working as chairman for 10 years. Despite this move, Arendal continues to serve on the association’s board, focusing on airfreight and sustainability. Also, Xtreme Technologies BV CEO Edwin Kalischnig replaces Scholte as security general, and Paris-Vatry Airport Deputy General Manager Youri Busaan is now CCA treasurer. In addition to this role, Busaan acts as a key liaison between the CCA and the International Air Transport Association.
Josh Saltzman, a former Congressional aid, is the new vice president of global government affairs at Airlines for America. He spent the last 12 years on Capitol Hill, working mostly as a legislative aid for Pete Sessions. Saltzman also worked for California Republican Edward Royce and Pennsylvania Republican Patrick Toomey.
Boeing has announced that 34-year company veteran George Maffeo will succeed the retiring Mike Denton as president of Boeing Japan in October. Denton joined Boeing in 1977 and held a number of senior-level positions, such as chief project engineer for the company’s 777 program, before taking the helm of Boeing Japan in January 2010. Maffeo most recently worked as vice president of 787 suppplier management.
Fabrice Bregier has taken over as Airbus president and CEO for a five-year term.
Bregier, who previously served as Airbus’ chief operating officer, succeeds Tom Enders, who has been named CEO of parent company EADS. In other Airbus news, Guenter Butschek is Airbus’ new chief operating officer. Also, three Airbus executive committee members — Harald Wilhelm, Thierry Baril and Klaus Richter — now have an EADS corporate responsibility in addition to their main Airbus functions.