Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Freight Forwarding Organisation Honours Outstanding Logistics Personalities

First 'FIATA Fellow' for Longstanding Supporter
Shipping News Feature

SWITZERLAND – WORLDWIDE – The Members of the Presidency of FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, have decided to honour outstanding members of the logistics industry by awarding eminent personalities who have been significantly beneficial for FIATA with the title of ‘FIATA Fellow’. The object of this title is to enable the Presidency to express appreciation for outstanding contributions to the freight forwarding and logistics industry, esteem deserving individuals, and at the same time, use this award as a means to motivate others to contribute their talents and efforts.

The first distinction of this kind was presented at the Extended Board Dinner on 21 March and granted to a personality that has shaped the Young International Freight Forwarders of the Year Award (YIFFYA), Mr Andrew Kemp, Regional Director Europe, Middle East and Africa at Thomas Miller Group / TT Club, and a name familiar to many within the industry. With this award FIATA recognised Mr Kemp for his longstanding successful dedication. For eight years, he was Chairman of the Steering Group of the Award and, under his tutelage, the award developed into a valuable and extremely successful programme on its own. Francesco Parisi, FIATA President explained the decision saying:

“It wasn’t just his relevant expertise that made Andrew Kemp such a key player in our institution. It was also a matter of his charisma, both of which he is deftly able to deploy to win people over and motivate young forwarders into a rewarding career in freight forwarding and logistics.”

Andrew Kemp stepped down from his role and is succeeded by Michael Yarwood, who has been Claims Executive/ Loss prevention/ Risk Manager at Thomas Miller since 2010 and is now responsible for the YIFFYA Sponsorship Programme. This year, 18 young logistics professionals from 18 different nationalities participate in the YIFFY Award Programme. The YIFFY Award is considered one of the best programs of its kind in the world promoting the interest and growth of the industry.

Since its inception in 1999 over 230 dissertations have been written and 46 regional winners have been awarded. To judge the quality of dissertation required to win the YIFFY previous winning entries can be read here.