Delta appoints new VP of cargo

Delta has appointed a new vice president of cargo as it moves its airfreight business to sit on its commercial business portfolio.

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Shawn Cole, who was formerly vice president of cargo, has been appointed into the newly-created role of vice president of global sales.Cole will report to Bob Somers, senior vice president of global sales.


“Shawn’s experience leading teams across the Finance and Cargo divisions make him uniquely qualified for this position,” said Somers. “During the past year, he has worked alongside the Global Sales team to develop new product offerings for our global customers supporting their growing cargo needs as a result of the pandemic.”


Most recently as vice president of Delta Cargo, Cole delivered positive revenue growth and enhanced relationships with Delta’s joint venture partners, as well as serving as chairman of SkyTeam Cargo for the past three years.


Rob Walpole will be named vice president – Delta Cargo. To ensure that the cargo business is a more integral part of the commercial portfolio, Delta Cargo will join Delta’s commercial organisation. Rob will report to Steve Sear, executive vice president – global sales and president – international.


“Through his prior leadership of global commercial organisation and focus on operational excellence both internally and with our airline partners, Rob is well equipped to lead the Delta Cargo team on a path of continued growth and innovation,” said Sear.

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