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TIACA extends global reach with new board members

By control on December 4, 2013

The International Air Cargo Association is welcoming two new members from Europe and Asia to its board of directors.

David Yokeum is president and CEO of WCA, the world’s largest network of independent freight forwarders with more than 5,110 member offices in 190 countries. He founded WCA in 1998 as the world’s first worldwide, non-exclusive, neutrally-owned network. Yokeum is based in Bangkok.

Sebastiaan Scholte is CEO of Netherlands-based Jan de Rijk Logistics, a provider of transportation and distribution services that operates a fleet of 700 vehicles across Europe. It also provides warehousing services, intermodal services and retail distribution. Prior to joining Jan de Rijk Logistics, Scholte worked for Aeromexico in Mexico and Europe and Cargolux in Latin America and Europe. He is also chairman of the Cool Chain Association.

“We are excited that David and Sebastiaan have agreed to join our board and to contribute their experience and insights to our efforts to represent the industry and lead change,” Oliver Evans, chairman of TIACA, said. “Both of them are highly-respected leaders and will add richness and diversity to our group, both in their persons and in their companies. David will give us an important insight into the issues facing independent freight forwarders globally and also a strong viewpoint on what in needed in emerging markets all around the world. Sebastiaan will bring a European perspective and extend our understanding of ground distribution and logistics in this vast market. Sebastiaan’s leadership of the CCA also strengthens our commitment to working with all other associations in our industry, and in particular in the vibrant cool chain and pharmaceutical sector.”

Evans said the TIACA board has two remaining vacancies, which the organization will fill soon.

TIACA’s board includes executives from Swiss International Air Lines, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Agility Logistics, Delta Airlines, Delhi International Airport, DHL Express, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Volga-Dnepr Airlines, Worldwide Flight Services, UPS Airlines, FedEx Express and Panalpina. Steve Prince, publisher of Air Cargo World, is also a board member.