Glyn Hughes will leave IATA’s in Jan 2021, he is Global Head of Cargo

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Glyn Hughes || LogisticsGyan

The global head of cargo at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Glyn Hughes is leaving the job as part of IATA’s restructuring programme initiated in response to the critical financial crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hughes is currently in the notice period. He will leave IATA at the end of January 2021 after working for three decades in IATA.

As part of the restructuring programme, IATA introduced a voluntary redundancy and early retirement programme allowing employees to make their choice. He told that “I applied for and have been accepted”. According to Glyn Hughes, under the current restructuring programme at IATA, a number of positions will be lost and some programmes will be ceased. He is hopeful that the cargo department won’t be too badly impacted.

Hughes was appointed the global head of cargo at IATA in June 2014. Succeeding Des Vertannes with the mission to continuing the modernisation of the air cargo industry. He joined IATA in 1991 to enhance and expand the Cargo Accounts Settlement Service. This is with the aim to maintain very low levels of agency default and decreasing overall operating costs for members.

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IATA || LogisticsGyan

When asked him the reason for his decision to apply for the voluntary redundancy and early retirement programme he said, “It goes without saying that this was the most difficult decision as I am passionate about this great industry, the tremendous work IATA does and most importantly the great colleagues who perform that work. But life is about timing, opportunities and the ability to generate new leaders, create new ideas, follow new innovations and drive the continuing need for industry evolution and change.”

Responding to the question of his replacement he said, “It is too early to look at what happens next and that’s really for the IATA senior management to determine in terms of what direction they would like the cargo activity to go. I have committed to help the organisation through this transitional period.”

“The IATA Cargo Advisory Council, which is comprised of 16 of heads of cargo from some of the most significant cargo carriers have guided IATA cargo extremely effectively on the agenda that’s been established and the Covid-19 crisis has reinforced much of this agenda,” he added.

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