Nallian appoints Lionel van der Walt as chief commercial officer to drive expansion

Lionel van der Walt, chief growth officer at Raft, an AI-driven start-up that automates operations for freight forwarding
Lionel van der Walt

Air cargo software firm Nallian today announced the appointment of Lionel van der Walt as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), effective July 1st, 2024.

In this role, Mr. van der Walt will be responsible for spearheading Nallian’s growth strategy, based out of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

Jean Verheyen, CEO of Nallian said: “Lionel’s appointment comes at a pivotal time for Nallian as we continue to expand our footprint in the global market.

“His extensive experience, network and strategic vision will be instrumental in accelerating our growth trajectory and delivering exceptional value to our customers, starting in the US where we already work with leading players such as Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and Menzies in Los Angeles”.

van der Walt brings a wealth of experience in the logistics and supply chain industry.

Throughout his career, he has held various leadership positions at prominent logistics companies, where he developed a proven track record of fostering innovation, driving market adoption, and building strategic partnerships.

Most recently, van der Walt served as Chief Growth Officer at Raft, and prior to that, as Global Chief Commercial Officer and CEO Americas at PayCargo.

He is recognized as an industry transformation evangelist, boasting extensive international experience spanning Southern Africa, Europe, the United Kingdom, and the Americas.

Prior to his time at PayCargo, van der Walt was President at Cargo Network Services (CNS) in the US, held various leadership roles at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and prior to that he worked at South African Airways, was an air traffic controller and served in the South African Air Force in the early stages of his career.

Mr. van der Walt said: “I am thrilled to join the talented team at Nallian and contribute to the company’s continued success.

“I am excited about the opportunity to lead Nallian’s commercial efforts and drive growth in key markets, particularly in North America, a region with immense potential for growth.

“I look forward to working closely with our customers and partners to deliver innovative solutions that address their evolving needs.”