THE International Air Transport Association announced the appointment of Brendan Sullivan as its head of global cargo, with immediate effect.

Mr Sullivan has worked in air cargo for 20 years including spending 14 years at IATA. Since January, he has been acting global head of cargo alongside his role as head of cargo operations and e-commerce.

IATA senior vice-president for operations, safety and security Nick Careen said Mr Sullivan will be a great global head of air cargo.

“He knows the industry from frontline operations to the development of global standards. He recognises the critical need for modernisation to meet the needs of air cargo’s biggest business opportunities—e-commerce and special cargo,” Mr Careen said.

“And he has the passion to drive a post-crisis agenda that will strengthen air cargo’s contribution to the global economy and to the airline business.”


Mr Sullivan’s recent achievements include leading two key IATA initiatives, including the One Source platform, which provides comprehensive information on infrastructure capabilities critical to special cargo and e-commerce activities.

The other key IATA initiative he was involved in was the IATA FACE campaign, which aims to build the next generation of air-cargo leadership by attracting, developing and retaining young talent in the air-cargo industry. More than 200 cargo professionals are engaged in the initative.

Sullivan began his career in air cargo at Air Canada in 2000, where he gained frontline operational experience and developed expertise in dangerous goods handling that facilitated his transition to IATA in 2007.