New chairman and vice chairman will lead The International Air Cargo Association and global corporate insurance carrier will make management changes.
Steven Polmans will take over as chairman and Sanjeev Gadhia as vice chairman of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) next month.
Polmans (pictured above left), the director of cargo and logistics at Brussels Airport Co., joined the TIACA board in 2016 and has served as vice chairman for two years. He will replace Sebastiaan Scholte, CEO of Jan De Rijk Logistics, who will step down July 1.
Polmans has spent most of his career in aviation and for 15 years has held management positions, both operational and commercial, in the handling industry at various airports and in a variety of sectors, from catering and cleaning to ramp handling and cargo. He joined Brussels Airport Co. in 2000, becoming head of cargo in 2012 and director earlier this year. In 2016, Polmans was named chairman of Air Cargo Belgium, a post he still holds.
Gadhai (above right) is the founder and chief executive officer of Kenya-based Astral Aviation. He has more than two decades of air freight experience and became the first African member of the TIACA board in 2017.
Founded in 2000, Astral Aviation is the largest private cargo airline in Eastern Africa. Gadhia founded commercial drone operator Astral Aerial Solutions in 2017. He also is vice chairman of the African Airline Association’s cargo committee.
“I will aim to ensure that TIACA is even more inclusive and has a sustainable and diverse business model,” Gadhia said. “I want to consider how we can better promote diversity so that we can grow the association so that every member of the air cargo supply chain regardless of size, nationality, geography or gender can be a part of TIACA.”
TIACA represents, supports, informs and connects all elements of the global air freight supply chain. It lobbies governments and regulators, provides valuable networking opportunities, organizes and hosts industry events and gives guidance and career development training for members.
Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE (AGCS) is shuffling management roles in its specialty business segment.
Allianz is a global corporate insurance carrier. It provides risk consultancy, property-casualty insurance solutions and alternative risk transfer.
Effective July 1, Ulrich Kadow will be appointed as AGCS global head of marine. Effective immediately, Tom Fadden will serve as global head of aviation. Both will report directly to Paul O’Neill, the specialty division chief underwriting officer who will oversee the energy line of business on an interim basis.
Kadow currently serves as the chief agent of AGCS Canada. Simon Buxton is stepping down as the head of marine and energy and leaving Allianz “to pursue other opportunities outside the company,” the announcement said.
“Until a successor in Canada is confirmed, Ulrich Kadow will maintain a dual leadership role for both the country and marine line of business responsibilities,” Allianz said.
Kadow, who joined Allianz in 2006, has led the Canadian business since May 2015. During his 13 years with the company, he has held a variety of positions within AGCS in Europe, Asia and North America
Currently the regional head of aviation for the London unit and global airline product leader, Fadden will succeed Michael Hansen, who is leaving Allianz later this year. He will maintain his regional leadership role on an interim basis, Allianz said.
Joining Allianz in 2004, Fadden has held his current leadership role since June 2016. Prior to that, he held a variety of positions, including senior airline underwriter, airline underwriting manager and global airline product leader responsible. Fadden, who has more than 30 years of aviation insurance experience, started his career at British Aviation Insurance Group/Global Aerospace.