Polar Air appoints Lars Winkelbauer into key role

Polar Air Cargo Worldwide has appointed Lars Winkelbauer as executive vice president and chief operating officer effective 1 July this year.

He succeeds Robert Hyslop, who is moving from Polar to rejoin DHL Express as senior vice president for global aviation, based in Plantation, Florida.

Winkelbauer’s new role will include all aspects of aviation operations, strategy and service performance in Polar’s worldwide network. He will be based in Purchase, New York, and will report to Polar’s president and chief executive officer, William J. Flynn.

“Lars’ in-depth knowledge of the company, the Asia-Pacific region, and the express airfreight industry will help Polar and its sister companies – Atlas Air, Inc. and Southern Air, Inc. – continue to support DHL Express and to develop in the fast-growing express segment,” said Flynn.

“We thank Rob for his leadership and commitment to operational excellence at Polar over the last four years,” Flynn added. “During his tenure, Polar has expanded its network while continuing to provide reliable and consistent service to DHL and Polar’s other customers.”

Winkelbauer joined DHL Asia Pacific in 2014 as its vice president, aviation, network planning and control. Prior to joining DHL, he served as Polar’s vice president for marketing, revenue management and network planning.