Brussels, Belgium, February 8, 2018 – Pharma.Aero has announced the appointment of Frank Van Gelder as their new Secretary General.

Nathan De Valck, chairman of Pharma.Aero says: “over the past year we have expanded our Pharma.Aero global network, created awareness in our industry and facilitated the collaboration among the members.  With the appointment of the Secretary General, Pharma.Aero is gearing up to further develop into a unique platform for cross industry collaboration.”

Frank Van Gelder has an extensive experience in senior management positions within the air cargo industry, and specifically in relation to special products such as pharmaceutical products and perishables. He has become an international reference in the industry. Frank served in different boards and presented on different international conferences. Being active on an extended international level within global healthcare R&D, he served as an expert in the field for the development of business projects, educational training programs, research programs and management of acute time critical processes and logistics in the medical and pharmaceutical field. Supply chain improvement and innovative approaches towards time and temperature critical commodities through cross sectional industry exchanges underlines his vision. During that time he was an early believer of airport community approaches and the CEIV training program of IATA.

Frank Van Gelder: “I look forward to serving and leading this organization to a higher level in our industry. The dynamism and support we see from many different stakeholders, strengthen the believe we can really make a difference in the supply chain of life science products in airfreight. We can only do this if we all speak the same language, in which Pharma.Aero already fulfills the crucial role of a reliable facilitator to all our partners and members of today and tomorrow.”

Pharma.Aero envisions excellence in reliable end-to-end air transportation for pharma shippers and provides value to the members. It continues to work on cutting-edge projects. In addition, Pharma.Aero has been active in carrying our local and regional pharma shippers discussions and in planning future ones. Pharma.Aero has launched a project group with the pharma shipper members that will focus on evaluating and validating the CEIV pharma checklist and methodology. It is the goal to support IATA in making the CEIV program more mature and recognized by the pharma shippers.

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