PRNewswire-FirstCall ATLANTA Oct. 22 :
Air France, Delta Air Lines and Korean Air today announced new leadership
assignments for the U.S. Cargo Sales Joint Venture.
Jung-Dae Cha, managing vice president—Korean Air Cargo, will replace
Tom Nolan as vice president of Sales and Marketing for the Joint Venture.
Nicholas Cushnie, general manager-Delta Air Logistics, will replace
Jin-Hong Kim as vice president-Commercial Network. Nolan will return to
Delta Air Logistics, while Kim will return to Korean Air Cargo.
“Both J.H. and Tom have served the foundation-building phase of the Joint
Venture vigorously and well during the past two years,” said Bernard
Frattini, CEO, U.S. Cargo Sales Joint Venture. “They will bring back to
their parent companies their Joint Venture experience. We have experienced
many challenges together and we have learned much from each other.
“We have come a long way since the Joint Venture was just a strategic
concept, and the building stage of our development is drawing to a close.
In evaluating our requirements going forward, the partners have determined
that the exchange of the executive roles will optimize our position in two
areas: the trans-Pacific market challenge, and the fine-tuning of
commercial network competencies and communication,” he said.
Cha joined Korean Air in 1979 and, after beginning in Cargo Sales, he held
positions of increasing responsibility in various Cargo departments in
Korean Air`s Seoul, Hong Kong and Los Angeles offices. He was promoted to
managing vice president of Cargo Strategy and Alliances in January 2003.
Cha played an important role in the growth of SkyTeam Cargo. As a member
of the SkyTeam Cargo Product working group he helped develop the
alliance`s common product line. He has served as the leader of the SkyTeam
Cargo Marketing and Sales working group. Cha is a graduate of Seoul
National University with a bachelor`s degree in Literature.
Cushnie joined Delta in 1996 in a management-training program, working in
reservations, airport customer service, in-flight, finance and marketing.
He joined the Air Logistics Division in 1998 as an analyst in the Business
Development Department and was promoted to manager-Alliances in 2000.
Prior to joining Delta, Cushnie served as an officer in the United States
Army with leadership positions in Armor and Logistics.
Cushnie is a graduate of Duke University with a B.A. in Economics, History
and Political Science. He later earned a Masters of International Business
degree from the University of South Carolina`s MIBS program.
Earlier this month, Alitalia Cargo announced that they would be joining
the Joint Venture. The Joint Venture is based in Atlanta with regional
offices in Atlanta, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles and is managed and
staffed by experienced cargo employees of all the carriers. The company is
owned by Air France, Alitalia, Delta and Korean Air, and is governed by a
joint Board of Directors. The U.S. Cargo Sales Joint Venture is a unique
and unprecedented common structure among worldwide cargo partners.