Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Air Freight Group Seeks New Boss Whilst Being Rewarded for Specialist Cargo Services

Press Reports of CEO Appointment Denied
Shipping News Feature

LUXEMBOURG – As the search for a new CEO for Europe’s largest freight only air cargo carrier, Cargolux Airlines International, gets under way the company was able to announce it has been granted Good Distribution Practice (GDP) status by Bureau Veritas Certification Germany GmbH, which it says is a statement confirming its sound management practices. The past few weeks have seen the resignations of Vice President of Sales and Marketing Robert van de Weg, due to ‘irrevocable differences’ and Peter van de Pas, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, both men also served as members of the company’s Executive Committee.

Cargolux has been the subject of press speculation for the past few months with the Luxembourg government stepping into the breach when Qatar Airways pulled the plug on their 35% share and now management is keen to stress the inaccuracy of reports that a CEO was about to be named saying the search process remained open with no decision yet made. A company statement said:

“Cargolux reiterate that the global executive search and leadership consulting firm, Spencer Stuart, had been commissioned with identifying interested candidates and tasked with shortlisting the most suitable individuals for this post after the expiry of the application submission deadline of 12th February, 2014. The Governance Committee of the Board of Directors, which is composed of representatives of the current four Cargolux shareholders, will review and interview those individuals on the shortlist proposed by Spencer Stuart for the purpose of making a prompt recommendation to the Cargolux Board of Directors concerning the appointment of the future Cargolux CEO.”

In other news the awarding of the GDP status attests that the company’s systems fulfil the requirements of the EU directive ‘Guidelines on Good Distribution Practice of Medicinal Products for Human Use’ and of WHO guidelines. This makes Cargolux the first airline worldwide to be GDP certified, which it says underlines its strong commitment to the safe and expedient movement of high-value temperature-sensitive healthcare shipments across its global network.

Good Distribution Practice is a quality system dedicated to the handling of healthcare and pharmaceutical products, from the delivery of raw materials to the manufacturing plants to the final shipment to the end user. Internationally accepted pharmaceutical GDP regulations demand that companies handling and transporting pharmaceutical products align their operations with the defined standards.

At its home base in Luxembourg, Cargolux points out its reliance on its specialised, state-of-the-art infrastructure. The LuxairCARGO Pharma & Healthcare Center, a purpose-built temperature-controlled pharmaceutical storage facility at its Luxembourg hub, now offers the world’s first fully GDP certified airfreight platform, including a variety of storage areas, each catering to specific temperature requirements, dedicated and temperature-controlled truck docks and build-up/break down areas.

To achieve GDP status the airline had to reinforce this infrastructure by establishing detailed management procedures, responsibilities and extensive proactive communications to ensure operational and healthcare compliance in cooperation with suppliers and customers, whilst outstation ground suppliers have to follow dedicated GDP procedures under close Cargolux supervision. The GDP certification also recognises Cargolux’s operation of a specialised fleet of Boeing 747 freighters with four independently-controlled temperature zones backed up by a qualified team of experienced cool chain experts.