David Lara joins CargoAi’s Board of Advisors
  • David Lara, renowned air freight expert, joins CargoAi’s Board of Advisors from 1st September 2021
  • Former SVP Global Airfreight Procurement & Capacity Management at CEVA Logistics for 20 years, his expertise provides a major value addition to CargoAi for product development in connection with customer needs.
  • David Lara will be a part of CargoAi's next Quarterly Business Review, in early September, along with the other members of the Board of Advisors*. There will be a work programme based on product development and its roadmap, business development and the strategy of CargoAi.

    “Beyond his role and contribution, David is a great mentor for the team. David perfectly understands our industry, the needs of each player and especially those of freight forwarders and airlines in terms of procurement and commercial management. It is a priceless opportunity for CargoAi to be able to benefit from his expertise and an absolute honour to have him with us on the Board of Advisors"
    says Matthieu Petot, CEO of CargoAi

    Ensuring newly offered products are in line with customer expectations and are brought to the market as fast as possible, is one of the factors driving the strategy of the Air Cargo Digital Solutions platform CargoAi.co. The Board of Advisors brings a wealth of experience to the table.

    “I deeply share CargoAi’s values and its ambition to digitise air freight. I am therefore delighted to share my experience and contribute to attaining this objective by being a member of the Board of Advisors. Our industry has specific needs and constraints in terms of digitisation and CargoAi has the intelligence to surround itself with people who have customer vision and the field experience to offer simple products to users, and above all those that meet the actual needs,”
    said David Lara.

    * Markus Flacke - Program Lead Transformation Office at Volga-Dnepr Group; Liana Coyne- Director at Coyne Airways; Cyril Dumon - CEO Asia-Pacific at Bollore Logistics; Ricardo Pilon - Chief Transformation Officer at Millennium Aviation & Vice-President, Consulting Solutions at Aviation Strategies International.

    David Lara Biography

    David Lara held various senior positions with both airlines and forwarders alike, including British Airways, Air Express International (AEI) and CEVA Logistics, in both the UK and overseas. He joined CEVA Logistics in 2000 and most recently held the position of Head of Global Air Procurement & Network Management. In this role, David was responsible for the strategic development and direction of the company’s Air Product, the management of the global airline partners and global operating organisation. David has worked across various organisations in a consulting capacity including IATA, BIFA and FIATA. David retired in October 2020 after 48 years in the industry and remains a high calibre logistics executive who is a clear, driven and strategic thinker.

    About CargoAi

    Launched in 2019 by its founder and CEO, Matthieu Petot, CargoAi is a SaaS application offering air cargo digital solutions to freight forwarders, airlines and GSAs.

    CargoAi allows users to manage the entire air cargo booking process via a single tool. The online platform brings together freight forwarders, airlines and GSAs, and offers shipment quote issuing, booking and tracking.

    All airlines’ schedules including cargo capacity are displayed in the application. Freight forwarders can check the flight schedules at a glance and compare rates thanks to this unique solution. CargoAi offers a range of levels of integration for airlines, from APIs to emails.

    Forwarders can request quotes and make bookings via the platform. The application allows airlines and GSAs to manage all quote and booking requests in one place. The tool also provides customers with data and analytics including 3D viewing of the shipment and capacity forecasts.

    For further information about CargoAi, please visit the website: https://cargoai.co

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