Emirates SkyCargo’s Henrik Ambak elected Cargo iQ vice chairman


Emirates SkyCargo’s Henrik Ambak has been elected vice chairman of Cargo iQ, and the group has also welcomed board members from Qatar Airways Cargo and Swissport for the first time.

Ambak brings over three decades of air cargo experience with him, having started his career in freight forwarding, moving to ground handling, before joining Cargolux to oversee all aspects of cargo and ground operations.

He joined Emirates in 2014 as senior vice president – cargo operations worldwide, where he is responsible for all Emirates SkyCargo operations at its hub in Dubai, as well as more than 150 stations globally.

Ambak says: “The Cargo iQ journey of close industry collaboration has rendered air cargo as the only mode of transport with a standard cross-industry quality management and measurement approach – quite a feat.”

Qatar Airways Cargo vice president – global cargo operations, Nadeem Sultan and Swissport head of global operations – cargo, Hendrik Leyssens will be their companies’ first representatives on the Cargo iQ board.

Sultan has over 18 years experience in air transport including roles in cargo operations, cargo sales and marketing, safety and security compliance, and freighter operations.

He joined Qatar Airways Cargo in 2014 after working with Atlas Air.

Sultan says: “Like Cargo iQ, Qatar Airways Cargo believes in excellence and along with my fellow board members, we look forward to further paving a successful path of process control, quality monitoring and services improvements for air cargo.”

Leyssens joined Swissport in 2012 to develop and implement quality standards and KPIs at Swissport Cargo Services, and now oversees the global management of cargo processes, standards and systems, including Cargo iQ.

He says: “Swissport was one of the first members to join Cargo iQ and our commitment to quality delivery in our cargo operations is well recognised.”

KLM Cargo’s director – performance management, Rutger Jan Pegels, and Panalpina’s global head of airfreight procurement and product management, Markus Muecke also joined the board and will continue to hold the seats for their companies.

Kuehne + Nagel vice president and global head of carrier and gateway air logistics, Max Sauberschwarz, Lufthansa Cargo vice president performance management, Jens Appel, and Ambak have been re-elected to continue to represent their companies.

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