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Delta Air Lines Bolsters Cargo Leadership; Announces Key Additions to Leadership Team

Jannie Davel has joined Delta Cargo as Managing Director – Commercial, and Vishal Bhatnagar has been promoted to Managing Director – Global cargo Operations. In a separate announcement, CEO Ed Bastian announced key additions to the company’s leadership team.


Jannie Davel joins the Cargo team as Managing Director–Commercial. Vishal Bhatnagar promoted to Managing Director–Global Cargo Operations - Courtesy Delta Air lines

On Tuesday (January 12, 2021), Delta cargo announced key leadership changes with the addition of Jannie Davel as Managing Director – Commercial, and the promotion of Vishal Bhatnagar to Managing Director – Global Cargo Operations, effective immediately. Jannie Davel, with over 26 years of experience in logistics, will lead Cargo commercial activities including Sales, Alliances, and Product Management. Davel has held leadership positions at DHL Global Forwarding and Emirates SkyCargo, and most recently served as Senior Vice President at Global Feeder Services, a specialized freight company, operating 15 freighters globally.


Vishal Bhatnagar will now lead the Global Cargo Operations team, having promoted from his previous position as Director of Cargo Operations – Performance and Customer Experience. Mr. Bhatnagar joined Delta Cargo in 2017 and has been instrumental in the development of the company’s industry-leading Cargo Control Center, as well as expanding services and improving customer experience and operations execution capabilities. Prior to joining Delta, Mr. Bhatnagar led the operations in the Americas for Lufthansa Cargo. In Tuesday’s announcement, Delta Cargo’s Vice President, Rob Walpole, said,


“Jannie and Vishal are visionary industry leaders, providing real strength to our leadership team as we accelerate our journey toward best-in-class service, continued innovation and capability for our customers. This year will continue to be a period of both challenge and opportunity as global supply chains continue to face disruptions and structural hurdles. With the global industry focus on distributing COVID-19 vaccines alongside our continued efforts to support our customers, our new leadership team stands ready to assist.”


On Wednesday (January 13, 2021), In a separate memo to Delta’s global colleagues, company CEO, Ed Bastian, announced the appointment of two new members of Delta’s leadership team. Alain Bellemare will be joining the company as President – International. Mr. Bellemare (59) retired last year as President and Chief Executive Officer of Bombardier. During his tenure at the Canadian aircraft manufacturer, he led the company through an extensive transformation including the certification of the C Series (now Airbus A220) and the Global 7500 business jet. Prior to joining Bombardier, Mr. Bellemare spent 18 years with United Technologies Corporation, Serving as President of UTC Propulsion and Aerospace Systems. In that role, he led Pratt & Whitney and the acquisition and integration of Goodrich into Hamilton Sundstrand.


Alain Bellemare is a Montreal native with two grown sons where he currently lives with his partner Marie-Josee and her two daughters. Naturally, the family will move to Atlanta. In his new role, Mr. Bellemare will lead Delta’s international organization. Delta’s SVP – Alliances and International, Perry Cantarutti and the carrier’s VP – Asia Pacific, Matteo Curcio, will report directly to Mr. Bellemare.



Finally, Mr. Bastian further announced the addition of Michelle Horn, who will serve as SVP and Chief Strategy Officer. Ms. Horn spent two decades as a partner at McKinsey and most recently worked for the Tokyo-based investor Softbank, where she focused on scaling fast growing technology companies. Born in Bogota, Colombia, Michelle Horn has lived in seven countries on five continents. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and three children.



Source: Delta Air Lines

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