Delta bolsters commercial and cargo leadership


Delta Cargo has announced two key leadership positions in the organisation. Jannie Davel joined the airline as Managing Director– Commercial, and Vishal Bhatnagar has been promoted to Managing Director– Global Cargo Operations, effective immediately.

These appointments, alongside the existing cargo leadership team, are instrumental as the airline works to navigate the post-pandemic business recovery.

Jannie Davel will lead the Cargo commercial activities including Sales, Alliances and Product Management. With over 26 years in the logistics business, Jannie has an in-depth understanding of the cargo and supply chain industry having held leadership positions at DHL Global Forwarding and Emirates SkyCargo. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President at Global Feeder Services, a specialised industry player operating 15 freighters globally.

Vishal Bhatnagar will lead the Global Cargo Operations team having most recently held the position as Director, Cargo Operations Performance and Customer Experience. Since joining the airline in 2017, Vishal has been instrumental in the development of the carrier’s industry-leading Cargo Control Center and built numerous key business functions focussed on expanding services and improving both customer experience and operations execution capabilities. Prior to joining Delta Cargo, Vishal led North and South American operations for Lufthansa Cargo.

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


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