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IATA Names New Global Head of Cargo

Posted on 7/16/2021 by Roseanne Bottone

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has appointed Brendan Sullivan as Global Head of Cargo, effective July 12. A bilingual Canadian national, Sullivan has worked in air cargo for 20 years and has served as IATA’s acting Global Head of Cargo and the Head of Cargo Operations and E-Commerce since January 2021.

Before starting with IATA in 2007, he developed frontline experience and dangerous goods handling expertise with Air Canada.

“[Sullivan] knows the industry from frontline operations to the development of global standards. He recognizes the critical need for modernization to meet the needs of air cargo’s biggest business opportunities—e-commerce and special cargo.”


–Nick Careen / Sr. VP for Operations, Safety and Security / IATA

Read IATA's statement announcing the new Global Head of Cargo.

Mr. Sullivan will continue IATA’s work with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and other regulatory bodies to ensure air cargo supply chains remain open. IATA also collaborates with member airlines, representatives from the air freight supply chain, and working groups/committees–one of which is the Dangerous Goods Board (DGB).

What is the Dangerous Goods Board (DGB)?

The DGB reviews and develops standards and procedures necessary for the safe carriage of dangerous goods by air. The DGB’s stated objectives are summarized as follows. The DGB:

  • Helps develop recommendations for amendments to the ICAO Technical Instructions and ensures their implementation into the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR)

  • Develops and approves documentary requirements and procedures for the handling and processing of dangerous goods;

  • Provides a forum for member airlines to exchange and develop information specific to the transport of dangerous goods contained in company material (COMAT);

  • Implements dangerous goods training standards worldwide for operators, ground handling agents, and freight forwarders; and

  • Promotes communication between civil aviation authorities and the shipping industry to ensure safe and compliant operations; and

  • Develops checklists and other tools to be used in establishing "proof of compliance" checks for dangerous goods safety standards.

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