Airline and ground handling professionals need an exclusive environment in which to conduct productive business discussions with the people they actually want to meet and negotiate contracts in complete privacy.
Desmond Vertannes
Des began his career with British Airways in 1970. During 14 years at the airline he held several management positions including Cargo Manager Gulf States and Saudi Arabia in the early ‘80s. In 1984, he established and managed his own forwarding business before joining Air Canada. His next move was to ground handling company Menzies Aviation where he served as Chief Executive at Air Menzies International (AMI) and Managing Director Menzies World Cargo. He was Executive Vice President Cargo for Etihad from April 2007 and, prior to that, Head of Cargo at rival Gulf Air. He retired in 2014 as Global Head of Cargo, IATA.
Mike Garland
Director of Airport and Corporate Purchasing American Airlines
Mike leads a team of procurement professionals who source worldwide airport/airline related services as well as procure products and services for the airline’s corporate-indirect needs in his role as Director of Airport and Corporate Purchasing. He previously served as the Director of Airport Integration with the 2014 merger of American Airlines and US Airways. In this role he led a PMO group that supported the company’s pursuit of its Single Operating Certificate. Prior to the merger he served as the Director of Station Operations Support at US Airways.
Robert Fordree
Senior Vice President - Commercial Menzies Aviation
Robert started his aviation career with Lufthansa Cargo at Heathrow Airport and worked in a number of operational roles. He then moved to Menzies Aviation with responsibility for cargo commercial activity across the UK before assuming responsibility as VP Global Key Accounts. Robert’s next move was to spend 10 years with Etihad Airways where his final role was Head of Cargo Operations in Abu Dhabi. He returned to the UK in October 2017 for his second stint with Menzies Aviation, this time based in Edinburgh as VP Cargo Development with a mandate to deliver product development in the cargo sector. Robert is now Senior Vice President of Commercial at Menzies Aviation.

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