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AIRCARGO ASIA-PACIFIC • JUNE-JULY 2017 • Page 29 people on the move New chief at CBFCA Paul Damkjaer has been appoint- ed chief executive of the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia (CBFCA) effective 03 July 2017. Damkjaer, a 35-year veteran in the international trade logistics and supply chain management industry, has worked across most states in Australia and internationally in sen- ior management roles, and is also the holder of a Customs brokers licence. He takes over the role from the outgoing executive director Ste- phen Morris. With the new appointment, the CBFCA Board has taken the oppor- tunity to refocus and realign the CB- FCA to address emerging business and regulatory trends for business members by relocating the CBFCA administration from Brisbane to Sydney, as it is perceived that this will better serve members’ needs. # General sales and service agent (GSSA) ECS Group has confirmed changes in management leadership to fully align with the shift to com- pete in the digital economy. It has nominated Adrien Thom- inet, the current chief operating officer, as the chief executive, the role now held by Bertrand Schmoll, who will continue to be the chairman of the group, which also expects to roll out changes across networks to fulfil cus- tomer expectations. Under the new man- agement structure, Thominet will be com- mitted to steer this strategic expansion and will concentrate on a new business model to reinvent the way GSSAs currently work. Thominet will also lead the sales strategy and operations and will focus on product and service develop- ments across offices. # Hans Kersten, formerly UIC Freight director, has been selected as deputy director general of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA). Kersten has been designated to succeed FIATA’s director general and chief executive Marco Sorgetti from September, when he retires. For the past 18 years Kersten has worked for Deutsche Bahn in vari- ous senior management positions, four and a half years of which saw him seconded to the international railway association UIC in Paris, where he held the position of direc- tor of the freight department. # The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced Goh Choon Phong, the ceo of Singapore Airlines, has taken over as chairman of the IATA Board of Gov- ernors (BoG) for a one-year term, effective from the conclusion of the 73rd IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Cancun, Mexico. Goh is the 76th chair of the IATA BoG, and the third ceo of Singapore Airlines to hold this position. IATA also has appointed Akbar Al Baker, ceo of Qatar Airways, to serve for a one-year term as chair- man of the IATA BoG from June 2018, following Goh’s term. # Global ground handler Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has announced a number of senior appointments Paul Damkjaer Hans Kersten as it attempts to increase its global footprint. Group chief executive Craig Smyth said its Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia (EMEAA) regions are to have two service products: Cargo and Ground Handling. Will Facey, currently head of net- work operations at easyJet, will join as vice president, ground handling operations for EMEAA. Barry Nassberg, formerly group chief operating officer, becomes group chief commercial officer, reporting to Smyth. Justin Jaques, formerly vp Asia & Middle East, becomes senior vice president group commercial, reporting to Nassberg, with a focus on global key accounts and major tenders. Catherine Thomas becomes general counsel and head of legal. Thomas has 25 years of legal expe- rience in the UK and in France. David Clark becomes global head of Safety & security, while Pedro Garcia is chief information officer and Fabienne Bricaud the global head of People. # Pawel Jarza has been appointed policy and compliance advisor with the British International Freight As- sociation (BIFA) with responsibility for issues concerning Customs. This role will involve working with the trade, HMRC and other bodies to ensure customs processes and policies represent the best solu- tions for both trade and regulators particularly as new routines and solutions emerge during the negoti- ations and preparations for the UK to leave the European Union. Jarza started his career in the in- dustry 12 years ago when he joined Yamato Transport Europe. After that he moved to Arcadia and Land- mark Global UK Ltd, gaining expe- rience in a traditional forwarding environment, as well as specialis- ing in e-commerce logistics. He has always specialised in the customs environment and been involved in a number of Customs-related projects and assisting employers to obtain the appropriate authorisations.