Monday, November 18, 2019

Freight Forwarder's Representative Gains Accolade for Lifetime of Service

Popular Choice of Fifty Year Veteran in Logistics
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UK – A popular winner at this week's Global Freight Awards held in London's Lancaster Gate Hotel was Robert Keen, director general of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) who collected the lifetime achievement honour from comedian Tom Allen.

Bob Keen joined the freight forwarding industry in 1970 and worked for a succession of agencies before joining BIFA in1999. A decade later he was appointed an Executive Director, going on to be made director general in 2014.

He is also Chairman of the FIATA Multimodal Institute and a member of FIATA’s Extended Board. He has also been Vice Chairman of CLECAT’s Maritime Logistics Institute; a Member of the CLECAT’S Board, and Chairman of the United Kingdom Air Cargo Club. BIFA National Chairman, John Stubbings, commented:

“We are delighted that Robert has been presented with this prestigious award, which reflects his excellent record of achievement in a lifelong career in freight forwarding and logistics. Since he joined BIFA he has developed a great relationship with the membership, and since becoming director general, five years ago, has worked hard with the other trade association staff to develop BIFA’s four key objectives, representation and lobbying; the provision of advice and information; promotion, and training.

“As the head of the UK’s established representative body for the international freight industry, Robert has provided the leadership of BIFA that has helped us to support our members in their efforts to secure their development in the global economy against a background of ever changing customer demands and new legislation.”

Upon accepting the award, as is typical, Keen was quick to disseminate his latest success to his colleagues, saying:

“I am really pleased and honoured to have been nominated for this award and feel that it recognises the collective work done by the talented team of individuals within our secretariat, our Board of Directors, Council and Regional committees. It is a tribute to the work we do to drive forward BIFA’s representative role and deliver results for our membership.”