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THE JURY FOR THE 2019 EDITION
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CEO, ECS Group – President of the Grand Jury #NGL
Adrien was born in 1972 in Paris, France. After graduating in business economics, Adrien started his career in New York as Commercial Director at FICOFI, a luxury brand promoting Bordeaux ‘grands crus’ fine wines globally. Adrien then worked for UniFrance Film in Tokyo where he managed the Yokohama Film Festival.
In 1995, Adrien joined ECS Group as Commercial Manager of the company’s Aero Cargo business unit, where he subsequently became Managing Director. In 2009, Adrien accepted the challenge of leading the commercial development of the Group, before his appointment in 2011 as Chief Operating Officer.
In 2017, ECS Group appointed Adrien to the role of Chief Executive Officer to fully align with their partners’ and clients’ transformation needs and support them with navigating the transition needed to compete in the digital economy. In 2019, one of his top priorities is ECS Group’s digital transformation.
Global Head of Air Freight, Panalpina
Lucas Kuehner, Global Head of Air Freight, Swiss citizen. Born in 1971. Member of the Executive Board as of January 1, 2019. Responsible for Air Freight.
Lucas Kuehner started his career as a Management Consultant at Price Waterhouse Coopers before joining Panalpina in 2000. Since, he has held numerous executive level positions in the US including Regional Head of Operations, VP Business Process & Quality, Regional Chief Information Officer as well as Managing Director USA. In 2012 he was appointed to Global Head of Air Freight and relocated back to Basel (Switzerland).
Lucas Kuehner is a seasoned logistics professional with extensive knowledge in international supply chain management and has been appointed as Global Head of Air Freight and member of the Executive Board as of January 1, 2019. Lucas Kuehner earned his Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (MSc) from Cranfield University (UK) and has a business degree from the University of Applied Science Northwestern Switzerland.
Head of Marketing & Communication, ECS Group
Audrey Serdjebi began her studies at Communication and Events school, followed by a Political Science Master's degree from the Sorbonne (France) and another Master's in Gender Studies from Paris 8 University.
Audrey worked in communications and politics in several positions outside of the air cargo industry (the most recent being Communications Director for a somewhat subversive women’s rights NGO) before joining ECS Group in 2011 as Head of Marketing & Communication. She strives to bring further added value and originality to all the Marketing and Communication projects she leads.
Director & part-owner, Azura International
Having spent well over fifty years in the air transport industry, Norman Bamford has a wealth of experience in the global air cargo sector.
After studying airline management, air transport operations and aviation law he joined Transglobe Airways in 1965 before moving to Lloyd International Airways, where he became Commercial Director.
Thereafter, as a director of Skyfreight Limited, air charter brokers at the Baltic Exchange in London, he was also general sales agent for a number of overseas airlines. This was followed by several years as an aviation consultant around the world before becoming involved with A- Z Group Limited (Azura International) - subsequently publishers of Air Cargo Week - from its inception in 1993.
Having recently retired as Managing Director he remains as director and part-owner of the company. He was elected a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in January 1992.
Managing Director, Global Cargo Sales, Delta Air Lines
Eric Wilson is the Managing Director, Global Cargo Sales for Delta Air Lines, leading a team of more than 150 sales professionals who connect with customers around the world to create, maintain and enhance partnership opportunities utilizing Delta’s vast network of freight capacity.
An industry veteran with more than twenty-five years of experience, Eric joined Delta in 2008 as General Manager, Strategic Partner Programs and National Accounts. He brings a strong international background to the position, with previous assignments in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Bangkok and Tokyo.
Eric is a 2013 Chairman’s Club honoree, the most prestigious recognition a Delta employee can receive. Each year the Chairman’s Club recognizes the top 100 employees who consistently demonstrate the “Delta Difference”, caring for the customers, co-workers and communities Delta serves.
Eric graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and holds degrees in East Asian Studies, Chinese History and Japanese. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and two children.
Chief Officer Cargo, Qatar Airways
A renowned figure with significant experience in the air cargo industry, Guillaume Halleux is Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways Cargo. Born in France, Guillaume started his career with Air France in 1997, holding various positions in the Logistics and Business Development department. He later joined SkyTeam Cargo USJV (a joint venture between Air France Cargo, Delta Cargo and Korean Air Cargo) in 2006 as Sales Director for the North-Eastern United States, before being promoted to Regional Director for Hong Kong and South China at Air France KLM.
In 2012, Guillaume began working with Bolloré Logistics as General Manager, Sales and Business Development for Vietnam, and later for Singapore. His tenure with Bolloré Logistics has given him in-depth knowledge of the freight-forwarding industry and made him an expert in both commercial and operational aspects of international air freight business.
Bringing with him 20 years of experience and vast knowledge of the air cargo business, Guillaume joined Qatar Airways Cargo as Vice President Asia Pacific in June 2016. Based in Singapore, he was responsible for driving cargo sales and operations in more than 15 countries in the region before joining the senior leadership team at Qatar Airways Cargo’s Doha head office in October 2017. He aspires to lead his highly engaged teams at Qatar Airways Cargo to build a global brand that focuses on delivering the best air cargo products and services in the industry.
Guillaume studied economics in France and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from ICN Business School in Nancy, France.
Sebastiaan Scholte was born in 1970 in Groningen, the Netherlands. After studying Economics and Business Administration at Rotterdam College, he started his cargo aviation career in 1997, working in Mexico City for Aeromexpress, the cargo division of Aeromexico and Mexicana.
From 1998 he was based in Madrid as VP Europe. Based in Mexico City from 2000, he was promoted to VP Sales, Mexico and Central America. In 2002, Sebastiaan joined Cargolux Airlines in Sao Paulo as Regional Manager, Latin America. After successfully restructuring the department, he became Cargolux’s Regional Business Development Manager, Spain and Portugal in 2004.
He initiated Cargolux’s Portugal operations, while at the same time completing a Global Executive MBA at the IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.
Between 2006 and 2010 Sebastiaan was Head of Marketing & Special Projects, based at Cargolux’s headquarters in Luxembourg.
In April 2010 he was appointed CEO of Jan de Rijk Logistics, based in Roosendaal in the Netherlands, and in May 2012 was appointed Chairman of the Cool Chain Association. In 2013 he also joined the board of TIACA, where he was elected Chairman in 2017.
President of the Regional Tourism Committee for the Ile-de-France.
Head of Cargo and Logistics – Brussels Airport Company
Steven Polmans has spent most of his career in the world of aviation and has held management positions, both operational and commercial, in the handling industry. On October 1, 2010, he joined Brussels Airport as Cargo Marketing Manager and on February 1, 2012, Steven was appointed Head of Cargo and Logistics. In this position, he is responsible for developing and implementing the airport’s overall cargo strategy.
Since 2016, Steven has also helped to found Air Cargo Belgium, becoming the first chairman of this newly established air cargo organization at BRU cargo, which groups together all involved stakeholders. In August of the same year, Steven also joined the board of TIACA, The International Air Cargo Association, of which he became Vice Chairman in October 2017.