The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has appointed transportation industry veteran Douglas Brittin as its new Secretary General, effective Aug. 15. He replaces Daniel Fernandez, who had held the position since 1999. Fernandez has been offered “a substantial continuing role” with TIACA.
Brittin, who currently is Division Director, Air Cargo at TSA headquarters in Arlington, Va., has more than 33 years of experience in the transportation, logistics and government sectors. His responsibilities with TSA included all cargo carrier programs, development of risk-based security programs, and management of the Division’s $122 million annual budget.
“TIACA’s growing leadership in the air cargo sector throughout the world means the role of the Secretary General has evolved to the point where Doug’s high level of expertise in governmental and regulatory matters will enable us to keep pace with the Association’s objectives,” said Oliver Evans, chairman of TIACA. “His qualifications to meet this new standard are rooted deep in a career spanning both the private and governmental side of aviation and cargo and we are delighted to welcome him to TIACA.”
Brittin, a graduate of the University of Denver, previously held executive level sales, marketing and operational positions with BAX Global, Panalpina, Emery and Menlo Worldwide. He also has experience in the rail and trucking sectors. In 2007, he joined TSA as Air Cargo Manager, where he was responsible for the development of the Certified Cargo Screening Program, as well as policy, forwarder programs and screening technology development.
Air Cargo World magazine publisher Steve Prince, who is a board member of TIACA, referred questions to Enno Osinga, vice chairman of TIACA.
“We are very excited with Doug coming in because of all the people around, he probably has the broadest background in business as well as government,” Osinga said.
TIACA’s board talked to a number of candidates for the Secretary General position over the last year, according to Osinga.
Fernandez was not immediately available for comment on the changes at TIACA.