People to Watch in 2015

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Paul Griffiths – CEO of Dubai Airports — Since 2007,Griffiths has managed the spectacular growth of Dubai International Airport, making it the fifth-largest freight hub in the world with an annual capacity of 2.4 million tonnes. Now, he is tasked with the transition of cargo and passenger traffic to the nearby Dubai World Center, the world’s largest airport project.

Steve Gunning – CEO, IAG Cargo — Gunning has initiated cost-cutting measures and reduced IAG Cargo’s network while pushing the car­rier’s premium products. Will its new time-definite EuroConnector service be successful?

Jan Krems – President of United Cargo — One of the architects of the Air France-KLM-Martinair merger, this 27-year industry veteran was brought in to lead United Cargo in June to help the carrier overcome the twin problems of excess belly capacity and loss of business to modal shift.

Fred Lam Tin-fuk – CEO of Airport Authority, Hong Kong — Lam was appointed in June and his agenda at the world’s busiest cargo airport includes navigating the progress of the long-planned third runway.

Dirk Reich – CEO of Cargolux — Cargolux execs have attracted controversy in recent years, and Reich, who joined the all-cargo carrier in March, is no exception. His remarks about possibly launching a Zhengzhou-based “Cargolux China” airline, with routes through German airports, raised the ire of the Cargolux board, the Luxembourg government and labor unions. Stay tuned for an eventful 2015.

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