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Vertannes to retire from IATA

By Staff Reports on March 31, 2014

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Des Vertannes, Global Head of Cargo, will retire from his position after the association’s Annual General Meeting in June. He will leave after four years at IATA. His aviation career spans more than 40 years, including stints as executive vice president, cargo at Etihad and head of cargo at Gulf Air. He has also held executive positions with Menzies Aviation, Air Canada and British Airways.
 
“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," Vertannes said in IATA's prepared statement.  "This is not a decision I have taken easily. There are so many exciting challenges in air cargo, so many great projects we are working on, and so many fantastic people, whom I am proud to regard as friends. It will be a huge wrench to step away from that. This is not quite goodbye: for the next two months I am still at the helm and I am dedicated to continuing the work to  strengthen this amazing  industry."
 
IATA Director General and CEO Tony Tyler said: “I want to pay tribute to Des, who has been an outstanding leader of IATA’s cargo team. Des joined us after a distinguished career in airfreight to drive our cargo agenda. His most recent act--to call for a 48-hour cut in freight transit times by 2020--was typical of his vision. I know that all in IATA and the wider air cargo world will join me in thanking him for his great work, and wishing him a long and happy retirement.”