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Page 4 • AIRCARGO ASIA-PACIFIC NOV- DEC, 2018 comment From hangar to hanger, in a fast fashion In the rapidly changing textile and fashion industries where timing is critical, we understand how vital high-speed, quality transportation is to your business. That is why our dedicated staff and bespoke solutions guarantee your shipments will always arrive ahead of the trend. Moved by people qrcargo.com Vision and experience combine to deliver ‘corporate direction’ THIS has been a good year for board appointments in the Aus- tralasian cargo sector, with airlines, freight forwarders, airports, logistics groups and others tapping people with strong industry backgrounds as well as the diverse portfolio of other skills re- quired for effective governance. As an industry we’ve done a lot to bring in staff with educa- tion and skills, helping them take a pathway to further personal growth. We’ve also – slowly – begun to position our sector as a career zone worth targeting, delivering upward mobility to all those willing to make the personal effort to contribute and develop, as well as understanding what their companies want to achieve. Sometimes, though, it seems that the company itself, at senior management and board levels, is not entirely clear on its goals or even on its operational strategy. In the past there was the tradition of a strong person setting the agenda, or perhaps following one set largely set by an earlier generation. A board of directors might be composed of school mates, a lawyer or two, a banker to help access funding, maybe a former politician for personal connections, a previous executive. Then came the phenomenon of the professional director, largely male in its initial phase. At first these were mostly from legal, accountancy or banking backgrounds, usually dependable and professional but possibly low on vision and goals other than profitability. That set a foundation on which a new era of professional direc- tors evolved, one that drew much from hands-on managerial and command roles. We’ve benefited from that. A prime example is Qantas ap- pointing Tony Tyler as a non-executive director. Tyler brings an awe-inspiring background of heading up IATA and Cathay Pacific as well as directorships for the likes of Dragonair, BOC Aviation, Bombardier, Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co and National Air Traffic Services. He brings to Qantas not only a solid understanding of the industry but also a feel for the scope of vision that should be inherent in governance strategy along with the more prosaic financials. Plus he plays a mean jazz harmonica. Another recent example of how we are maturing at govern- ance level is Freightways’ appointment of Andrea Staines as an independent director. A professional director based in Australia, her executive background is mostly in airlines, including Amer- ican in Dallas and Qantas in Sydney. During her last five years at Qantas, she co-launched Australian Airlines (mark II). Earlier roles at Qantas included running global revenue management. She is also renowned for her vision, seen at other organisa- tions on whose boards she sits, such as QIC, Tourism Australia and SeaLink Travel. Whether she plays the jazz harmonica I don’t know. - Kelvin King this year’s survey also look at business engagement with Latin America, and use of technology and e-commerce.” Simon Birmingham, the federal min- ister for Trade, Tourism and Investment said the report indicated Australian exporters had strong confidence in their ability to grow and expand into new markets. “Looking into the future, 45 per cent of businesses expect to move into at least four new international markets over the next two years, which is an incredible level of ambition and potential growth. “Sixty six per cent indicated they ex- pected to have a better financial outlook for their operations than the previous two years and 75 per cent plan to in- crease employee numbers in Australia in that same timeframe.” Birmingham observed that “out of the top 20 countries that businesses are looking to expand into, Australia current- ly has in place or is negotiating a bilateral or multilateral free trade agreement with up to 18 of them, including six with- in the TPP-11”. Continued from previous page. Exporters reporting strong confidence New ACI role for Eurnekian MARTÍN Eurnekian is the new chair of the ACI World Governing Board. Eurnekian is the chief executive of Corporación América Airports and pres- ident of Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 and just ended his term as president of the ACI Latin America-Caribbean region. He has been vice-chair of the ACI World Governing Board since 01 Janu- ary 2018 and succeeds Bongani Maseko, former chief executive and executive director, Airports Company South Afri- ca Limited.