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David Shepherd returns to IAG Cargo as managing director

  • David Shepherd, Aer Lingus’ Chief Commercial Officer appointed Managing Director of IAG Cargo
  • IAG Cargo announces key leadership appointment as the business increasingly plays a critical role in supporting economies and societies around the world
  • The appointment reflects the importance of cargo to the IAG Group, following a strong 2020

23 June 2021 – IAG Cargo the cargo division of International Airlines Group (IAG) is delighted to announce the appointment of David Shepherd as Managing Director.

David Shepherd, who is joining from Aer Lingus, is well known in the industry having previously held a variety of leadership roles at IAG Cargo including the positions of Commercial Director and Director of Digital Ventures.

Shepherd will report into David Podolsky, who will continue in his role as Chief Executive of the business, having served in the interim role since April 2021.

The bolstering of the IAG Cargo executive team, reflects the growing importance of cargo within the Group. In 2020 the business delivered exceptional results, amid a challenging economic and capacity environment, reporting commercial revenues of €1,306 million over the period from January 1 to December 31 2020, an increase of 18.5 per cent on 2019 at constant currency. 

David Podolsky, Chief Executive at IAG Cargo said: “As we build on the success of 2020, we are excited to be welcoming David back who brings a wealth of experience. David will lead all aspects of our business in close collaboration with me, in this vital time in aviation. The past year has shown just how essential air cargo is for industries around the world and this appointment reflects the importance of cargo in the Group.”

Shepherd who will be re-joining IAG Cargo on 1st August 2021 said: “I am delighted to be returning to IAG Cargo working closely with David and the wider cargo team at this time of unprecedented change as we look to expand and further transform our cargo offering.”


About IAG Cargo

IAG Cargo is the single business created following the merger of British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo in April 2011. Following the integration of additional airlines into the business, including Aer Lingus, Vueling and Level, IAG Cargo now covers a truly global network. 

In 2020 IAG Cargo had a commercial revenue of €1,306 million. It has a combined workforce of more than 2,250 people. Its parent company, International Airlines Group, is one of the world's largest airline groups with 533 aircraft on 31st December 2020.

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