As one of the leaders in the air cargo industry’s digital evolution, CargoAi is delighted to announce two new strategic additions to its team, to trailblaze with finance solutions in the air cargo industry.
Veronica Ibarra joins CargoAi as its Vice President of Operations and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day customer support and strategic operational activities for CargoAI products. Ibarra’s base in Miami strengthens CargoAi’s North American presence with forwarders, GSAs and airlines. Asako Sakurai is Head of Finance, based in Singapore, and will strengthen CargoAi’s financial operations.
Ibarra brings over twenty years of progressive experience in the financial airline industry, in both cargo and passenger services. Sakurai complements this with eighteen years’ experience of financial experience, with eleven years specifically in the airline industry.
Both have worked for over a decade at IATA, aviation’s internationally-recognised trade association in setting global standards for airline safety, security, efficiency and sustainability.
Ibarra’s most recent role as IATA’s Global Billing Operations Manager oversaw data processing performance for CNS, CASS and BSP operations. These are IATA systems designed to simplify the airlines’ selling, reporting and remitting procedures of IATA Accredited Cargo and Passenger Agents.
As IATA’s Settlement Operation Manager for Asia Pacific, Sakurai supervised the remittance and payment processes for cargo and passenger airline sales of IATA airline members in Asia Pacific.
Their combined experience will empower them to lead CargoAi’s vision to develop revolutionary financial solutions for the air cargo industry, designed to solve the pain points that forwarders face in long accreditation processes and lack of additional payments options.
Ibarra and Sakurai’s extensive experience in the air cargo industry is in keeping with CargoAi’s pillars to hire industry veterans, thereby ensuring that its products are always in sync with real-life needs. With technology integral to the way of life at CargoAi, the equal fusion of air cargo and tech experts brings a lean and modern mindset to creating new products. This agile approach ensures sustainability in the business by being able to adapt to market demands quickly.
CargoAi is a remote-first organisation and hires internationally based on talent; allowing it to create a diverse work culture, including striving for 50/50 gender parity.
At CargoAi, our future is rooted in helping teams unleash their potential by building tools that inspire collaboration and facilitate growth — interested in what’s next? We’re looking for people who believe that we can accomplish so much more together than apart.