Cargo 2000 director Cesana dead at 66
Ron Cesana, project director for Cargo 2000, died suddenly while on vacation in Italy, the organization said in a statement.
Cargo 2000 is an umbrella group of airlines and freight forwarders established by the International Air Transport Association to develop and implement common technology and business standards in order to improve handling of international air cargo shipments.
Cesana, 66, was developing proposals for small and medium-sized forwarders that want to join Cargo 2000 but lack the technical infrastructure.
Earlier in his career he worked for freight forwarder Air Express International, which was acquired by Deutsche Post several years ago.
More than 50 airlines, forwarders, ground handling agents, truckers and information technology providers have joined Cargo 2000 since its formation a decade ago. For many proponents of standardization, implementation of the Cargo 2000 has been painstakingly slow, as many businesses are reluctant to change their ways or spend on technology upgrades.