Jan Krems to head United Cargo


Jan Krems, an industry veteran with nearly 30 years in air cargo, confirmed Wednesday that he will serve as United Cargo’s next president.

Krems is now vice president Americas for Air France/KLM/Martinair Cargo. He has worked at KLM Cargo for two decades. Krems tells Air Cargo World that he does not know what date he will start his job with United.

United Airlines also confirmed that Krems will be named president of United Cargo.

Krems will replace Robbie Anderson, who has left United.

In his years with KLM Cargo, Krems has worked in Dubai, Singapore, Amsterdam, Paris, Chicago and now Atlanta. In his new role with United, Krems will be based in Chicago.

“We are excited to have someone of Jan’s talent and vast industry experience join United,” Greg Hart, United’s executive vice president and COO, said in a news release that United emailed late Wednesday afternoon. “Jan’s record of business success and leadership excellence makes him uniquely qualified to lead United Cargo as we work to continue our recent improvements and regain our position as an industry leader.”


Editor’s note: This story was updated Wednesday, June 18 at 2:15 p.m. with United Airlines’ comments. This story was also updated Wednesday, June 18 at 4 p.m. with Greg Hart’s quote.

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  1. Aris Zwart says:
    As retired KLM Cargo manager I regret to hear Jan Krems leave KLM CARGO.
    On the other hand great chances and challenges such as this pass by once in a life-time.
    So yes I congretulate my friend and former colleague from the bottom of my hart.
    I think United as well as Jan made good choises, a perfect match.
    I introduced Jan into Air Cargo Sales in 1987 when I was KLM CARGO manager in the Netherlands, so I know what I say speaking about a perfect match.
    Aris Zwart ( retired Regional Director KLM CARGO)
  2. guus tenniglo says:
    goed gedaan jochie

  3. Rajman Nagra says:
    Having worked with Jan Krems in the Indian Sub, I can vouch for his Leadership Excellence!

    Way to go Jan!

    Rajman Nagra / OHL

  4. Leo de haas says:
    Eerst bestuurslid van SACGT en nu President of United Cargo, dan heb je wel een geweldige carriere achter de rug, Veel succes en het beste voor jou en je familie, back in the windy city
  5. Ian Azim Allan says:
    Dear Mr. Jan Krems .

    I am Ian Azim Allan ( known as Azim in KLM Cargo ) . You were my boss during the year 1998 to 2001 when i was in the Customer Service Department in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and you were based in Singapore. It was great to hear that you will be joining United Cargo as President and i am really very , very happy and lots of respect to you as you are the best manager and leader in KLM during my years there, besides Mr. William Blackwelder. I wish you all the very best in United Cargo . My email is ian.william@citylinkexpress.com.my and best regards to you. Again : Congratulations from the bottom of my heart !
    Ian Azim Allan.

  6. Henk Böhre says:
    Dear Jan,
    Coming from a KLM Family with 3 members of our 2nd generation inside KLM Cargo / Marketing and Cabin Services,, myself doing bizz. for the past 4 decades with KLM Cargo I have admired the way you participated in their proces and the results. As a consequence the sky became the limit and it is time to move on, together with your family. Lot’s of succes in your new challenge with one of the biggest if not greatest airlines in the industry. Happy Landings!
    Brgds, Henk Böhre – Air-Ports & Logistics Consultancy

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