Emirates SkyCargo’s Henrik Ambak elected vice chair of Cargo iQ, Qatar and Swissport join board

Cargo iQ has welcomed board members from Qatar Airways Cargo and Swissport while Emirates SkyCargo senior vice president of cargo operations worldwide, Henrik Ambak (pictured above) has been appointed as the new vice chairman.

Qatar’s vice president of global cargo operations, Nadeem Sultan, and Swissport’s head of global operations for cargo, Hendrik Leyssens will be their companies’ first representatives on the IATA interest group.

Ambak brings over three decades of experience in air cargo before joining Emirates in 2014, where he is responsible for all Emirates SkyCargo’s operations at its hub in Dubai, UAE, as well as more than 150 outstations globally.

“The Cargo iQ journey of close industry collaboration has rendered air cargo as the only mode of transport with a standard cross-industry quality management and measurement approach – quite a feat,” said Ambak.

Sultan (pictured above) has over 18 years’ experience in air transport, including roles in cargo network operations, cargo sales & marketing, safety and security compliance, and freighter operations. He joined Qatar Airways Cargo in 2014 after working with Atlas Air.

“I am honoured to have been elected as Cargo iQ’s board member and I thank IATA and the Cargo iQ members for giving me this opportunity,” said Sultan.

“At a time when the industry faces innumerable challenges, collaboration by all parties in the logistics chain is paramount.

“Like Cargo iQ, Qatar Airways Cargo believes in excellence and along with my fellow board members, we look forward to further paving a successful path of process control, quality monitoring and services improvements for air cargo.”

Leyssens (pictured below) joined Swissport in 2012 to develop and implement quality standards and KPIs at Swissport Cargo Services, and now oversees the global management of its cargo processes, standards and systems, including Cargo iQ.

“Swissport was one of the first members to join Cargo iQ and our commitment to quality delivery in our cargo operations is well recognised,” said Leyssens.

Both Emirates SkyCargo and Qatar Airways Cargo were recently awarded Cargo iQ Certification through Cargo iQ’s new Audit Scheme administered by independent auditors SGS. Swissport will be audited under the new scheme in the following months.

Also joining the board are KLM Cargo’s director of performance management, Rutger Jan Pegels and Panalpina’s global head of air freight procurement and product management, Markus Muecke who will continue to hold the seats for their companies.

Kuehne + Nagel vice president and global head of carrier and gateway air logistics, Max Sauberschwarz, Lufthansa Cargo vice president for performance management, Jens Appel and Ambak have been re-elected to continue to represent their companies.

The Cargo iQ board is made up of 13 seats that are elected by members for two years, and this year there were seven seats up for election.